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Critics say Santa on Ohio flagpole is unpatriotic | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 39 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 8, 2010, titled Critics say Santa on Ohio flagpole is unpatriotic | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

An Ohio community says it will listen to critics who said a Santa Claus should not displace an American flag on an Ohio flagpole.

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NE side Mike

Defiance, OH

#1 Dec 8, 2010
Is it against the law in Willoughby to be an elected official AND have common sense?

(Common sense has been outlawed for politicians for years in Central Ohio..but I always thought it was just a local law.)
Real Patriot

Mount Vernon, OH

#2 Dec 8, 2010
You want to be more patriotic Linda Wilson? Head on down to the recruiting station today and sign up.
Adolf

New York, NY

#3 Dec 8, 2010
Blind, undivided patriotism is for fools. Just ask the Germans in the 30s and 40s.
Mrs_Lovejoy

Columbus, OH

#4 Dec 8, 2010
Oh, won't someone please think of the children!!!
A_real_patriot_b 4_u

Columbus, OH

#5 Dec 8, 2010
Real Patriot wrote:
You want to be more patriotic Linda Wilson? Head on down to the recruiting station today and sign up.
Hmmm, I've done my time and I'm too to re-up and I think that this is silly, waste of time.
Tom

Hilliard, OH

#6 Dec 8, 2010
No, what's unpatriotic is running a mexican't flag on an American pole! Get rid of all of those first!
ohio state

United States

#7 Dec 8, 2010
The patriotic police out again ! How come I get the feeling most of them aren't thinking so much about the wars when they're in the malls.
ang

Zanesville, OH

#8 Dec 8, 2010
You know it just makes since to hang something you believe in from a 100 ft flag pole even if it is Santa. I dont believe there is a law that sys it has to be a flag American or otherwise. Besides I thought you werent supposed to hang American flags in inclement wether where they can become torn and tattered.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#9 Dec 8, 2010
The pole itself is symbolic of Festivus, so that is why it is unsuitable for Santa Claus.

But then flying a flag from it could be seen as endorsing one holiday over others.

Well at least they didn't use it to display a nativity scene!
A_thinking_man

Columbus, OH

#10 Dec 8, 2010
Tom wrote:
No, what's unpatriotic is running a mexican't flag on an American pole! Get rid of all of those first!
What if the pole is made in China or Mexico? Is that okay?

Is it okay for a Polish immigrant (a pole) to wave his flag?

This are the answers we need to know in order to fit into the new order.

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Location hidden

#11 Dec 8, 2010
No, Ang, the flag is to be flown daily. Some are made of heavier material specifically for inclement weather.
US Flag Code

Columbus, OH

#12 Dec 8, 2010
Flying the Flag During Inclement Weather
The Flag Code states:
The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except
when an all weather flag is displayed.32
The language of this section reflects the now-popular use of flags made of
synthetic fabrics that can withstand unfavorable weather conditions. It is not
considered disrespectful to fly such a flag even during prolonged periods of
inclement weather. However, since the section speaks in terms of “days when the
weather is inclement,” it apparently does not contemplate that on an otherwise fair
day, the flag should be lowered during brief periods of precipitation.
Dan Leonard

Methuen, MA

#13 Dec 8, 2010
I'm a former service member, and I am offend. NOT by Santa; I am offended by the people who complain about such a thing. I served my country in the U.S.Army, but not for a flag; I served for the PEOPLE of this great country, especially for the children.

I say, "Give the kids Santa." Everyone can get back to their "I'm offended by everything" selves soon enough. I am so sick of a country full of whiners who get up each day and look for thing to be offended about.

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US Flag Code

Columbus, OH

#14 Dec 8, 2010
A_thinking_man wrote:
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What if the pole is made in China or Mexico? Is that okay?
Is it okay for a Polish immigrant (a pole) to wave his flag?
This are the answers we need to know in order to fit into the new order.
I beleive he was referencing when the kids took down the American flag and put up the Mexican flag a few years back. Not in reference to where the flag was actually made.
US Flag Code

Columbus, OH

#15 Dec 8, 2010
Click link below if you want to learn more about the flag.

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf...
Red Barns

Columbus, OH

#16 Dec 8, 2010
Is this woman's so vacant that she has nothing better to do than worry about which piece of cloth is on a flag pole? Volunteer your time at a hospital, nursing home or the like. I'm truely sick of people not looking at the big picture.
mikey4300

United States

#17 Dec 8, 2010
Simple solution....have Santa hold an American Flag, problem solved
OSU Alum

Scottsdale, AZ

#18 Dec 8, 2010
These complainers could really use an enema for their thoughts. It would be nice if the article had a photograph of the offending display.
Red Barns

Columbus, OH

#19 Dec 8, 2010
Who really cares?
Centaur

Columbus, OH

#20 Dec 8, 2010
What ever happened to the days where flying somebody's bloomers on a flagpole was funny? Come on people, lighten up!
It's Santa Claus for crying out loud. Sheesh!

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