Letter to the Editor

Flying flags at half staff

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Is it just me, or does anybody else think the governor and other authorities have gotten a little carried away with flying flags at half staff? When I was kid in Iowa growing up, flying flags at half staff was very rare, only done in the event of grave or somber national importance, such as the death of a former president. And that made it impressive. We all knew from radio and TV why it was happening. Now it seems like flags are flying half staff every other week over some tragic occurrence or remembrance, and often people I ask are quite unaware of what it's about. I'm not in any way taking away from the importance of such events, but if you memorialize them regularly with something as significant as lowering flags, the gesture loses its power, in my opinion. Just because a little of something is good, it doesn't necessarily mean a lot is better. Or, as the saying goes, sometimes less is more.