No, I can­not “adore the flag,” as Gen. Sher­man once sug­gested

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

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

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