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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the care and dig­nity that the Amer­i­can Le­gion Ma­son-Dixon Post No. 194 of Ris­ing Sun showed to Old Glory dur­ing a rev­er­ent Flag Day cer­e­mony Tues­day, in which a few thou­sand worn and tat­tered U.S. flags of all sizes were burned. Burn­ing a worn and tat­tered flag is the proper way to dis­pose of it. It is con­sid­ered un­pa­tri­otic to throw away a U.S. flag. “A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed fab­ric, or it may be a beau­ti­ful ban­ner of the finest silk. It’s fun­da­men­tal value may be tri­fling or great. But it’s real value is be­yond price, for it is a pre­cious sym­bol of all that we and our com­rades have worked for and died for — a free na­tion of free men and women, true to the faith of the past, de­voted to the ideals and prac­tice of jus­tice, free­dom and democ­racy,” Vince Mulé, post com­man­der, ex­plained while ad­dress­ing the crowd as­sem­bled be­neath the post’s pavil­ion. While hol­i­days like Me­mo­rial Day, In­de­pen­dence Day and Veter­ans Day right­fully re­ceive much rev­elry, Flag Day never has. We think that’s dis­ap­point­ing as any Amer­i­can knows the feel­ing deep in­side of see­ing our grand flag fly­ing high. It’s the per­fect sym­bol for our great na­tion, and it de­serves re­spect when it’s no longer ser­vice­able. Ku­dos to the Le­gion for its work.

To the re­port that county res­i­dents have adopted the cen­tral land­fill’s new re­quire­ments in terms of re­cy­clables. While it won’t nec­es­sar­ily trans­late into dol­lars back in the pock­et­book this year, we were glad to hear that Ce­cil County’s con­tam­i­na­tion rate for re­cy­clables fell from 21 per­cent at the end of last year to 5 per­cent just a few weeks ago. Res­i­dents were too of­ten throw­ing in dirty re­cy­clables or mix­ing trash in with po­ten­tial re­cy­clables as seen in a core test done last De­cem­ber, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a move to bag­less sin­gle-stream re­cy­cling and an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign to in­crease po­ten­tial re­cy­clable loads. Any load that has more than 8 per­cent of con­tam­i­na­tion is con­sid­ered not re­cy­clable and ends up in the land­fill rather than be­ing reused. The global mar­ket for re­cy­clables is at near record lows, and there­fore “go­ing green” is not as prof­itable as it once was, but any time we can re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle rather than toss some­thing in the trash is good for all of us. Keep up the good work Ce­cil County.

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