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Reader feedback: The right to burn

Re: Czechs who burnt US flag expelled illegally, Volume 11, Number 20, May 23 - May 29, 2005

I am glad that this situation is being corrected. Protecting those with unpopular opinions is a critical function of every democracy.

A flag burning should not be an embarrassment. It should be a respected political statement.

Flag burning is actually recommended by our US Flag Laws: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8.

George Bush is not very popular around the world, but somehow across the US he has enough support to keep going. One big reason that Bush won a second term was because the opposition was so confident they would win that they did not offer a candidate that would bring in any votes from disillusioned Republicans. For the record, I voted for Michael Peroutka, not Bush or Kerry.

Chris Capoccia
Ohio, USA

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