No, I cannot “adore the flag,” as Gen. Sherman once suggested
Re: “How the Civil War saved our purple mountain majesties,” July 3 guest commentary.
William Tecumseh Sherman may have asked Coloradans to “love, cherish and adore the flag” in 1889, as Cecily N. Zander writes; but asking us to do the same in 2017, as Zander does, seems a bit much. We love and cherish our families, redundant as that may be. People adore their deities. Others seek adoration for themselves. Adore the flag? I respect the flag as a symbol of our highest ideals, but despise that same flag when my fellow citizens brandish it like a weapon and spew hate for others while purporting to be patriots. The flag represents all Americans, and I’m afraid we are not all adorable. B.J. Smith, Longmont