Letter to the Editor

By: Helen Hardwick
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Editor, Folsom Telegraph,

To whom it may concern. I pass by the Folsom Police Department on Natoma Street at least three times a week. I’ve been amazed to note that they are flying a very small American Flag at night and in all kinds of weather.  I have not seen this flag lighted at night.  The biggest problem is the condition of the flag itself.  It is in poor condition, torn and tattered.

In a city that has named streets after their fallen servicemen it is a shame that our flag is displayed in a manner that shows disrespect for the flag and for the code governing the flying of the American Flag.  This fails to respect those same honored veterans and all others who have served our country under this flag.

The following information is extracted from the U.S. Flag Code:

  • Ordinarily it (the flag) should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, although the Flag Code permits night time display "when a patriotic effect is desired." Similarly, the flag should be displayed only when the weather is fair, except when an all weather flag is displayed. 
  • It should be illuminated if displayed at night.

Please, please will someone purchase a new flag of an appropriate size for this tall flagpole.  Give the torn flag to a Boy Scout troop for proper disposal.  I look forward to seeing a new (lighted) flag soon.

Helen Hardwick

El Dorado Hills