I have told myself I was going to write a Letter to the Editor to the Source one too many times without actually doing it. Here goes, I will not rant:
Location: The Shell station at Greenwood and 27th Street on Memorial Day.
Situation: A couple of hundred plastic US flags stuck in the ground to celebrate Memorial Day.
The Problem: At least half of the flags were not just touching, but almost lying on the grass or dirt. Many were in terrible shape and filthy. They were all made in China (I checked). The place displaying them sells gasoline that is made from crude from places like Saudi Arabia (albeit, a relatively small percentage).
When I mentioned it to the M.O.D, the fellow was quite apologetic - it seemed he had no idea it is disrespectful for a flag to touch the ground or be displayed in a ratty condition. To his credit, he seemed to understand that it has importance. No doubt, I was the first to bring it up.
That's it. That is all I have to say about it.
Greg Ouellette, Bend