By Michelle Fry
July 16, 2007
As I sat preparing for the parade I noticed the Borough Mayor walking around handing out American Flags. I gratefully accepted one of those little flags he offered and as he walked away I smiled and felt proud. It made me feel good that a politician in Ketchikan was out there in the rain handing out American pride. There I was holding my flag and suddenly it hit me. In blue lettering along the wooden flagpole were the words, "Made in China." WHAT? Who on earth was responsible for ordering American Flags made in China?
Some states, such as Minnesota, have passed laws banning flags made anywhere other than the United States. The laws are enforced with fines as well as jail time. As stated by Democratic Rep. and law sponsor Tom Rukavina, "The biggest honor that you can give the flag is that it be made by American workers in the United States of America," he said. "Nothing is more embarrassing to me than a plastic flag made in China. This replica of freedom we so respect should be made in this country."
Where do you suggest we get
our flags next year? IRAQ?
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