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Letter to the editor

Letter: Disrespecting the flag

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Kmart management deserves the strongest possible condemnation from any and all Americans who have any degree of patriotism!

I have been a longtime fan of Kmart stores. From the sixties, I have regularly shopped there. I wear 20-30 year old Kmart sports shirts with jeans and a new pair of shoes I bought there recently. I disagree with comedians and others who make jokes about the "inferior quality" of Kmart products. I was saddened by the company's financial decline.

But now, I have a major and serious complaint about their management's terrible choice concerning one of their products!

Their local store in Arvada is selling flags of the United States of America printed on velour fabric and labeled as beach towels! This travesty is in direct violation of the U.S. Flag Code (Title 4, United States Code). It shows total disrespect for the Star Spangled Banner and our great democracy, which it represents. Furthermore, these items showed up on Memorial Day and they were "Made in China."

Too many of our patriotic and loyal military people have suffered and died while defending this historic emblem of freedom. Especially on Memorial Day we need to honor their sacrifices. Now, Kmart expects us to wipe the sweat from our ... "whatever" with our treasured standard. Kmart's management position is disloyal, disgusting and definitely anti-American.

Somebody needs to do something to stop this misconduct!

Loyd B. Hardesty,

CDR USNR (Ret.),

Arvada

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