Fly it high

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

A coun­cil­lor in Dublin has sug­gested not fly­ing the na­tional flag be­cause it could of­fend for­eign res­i­dents.

A flag rep­re­sents many things to peo­ple although the na­tional flag rep­re­sents the coun­try, its his­tory and what it stands for. There are very few flags that should not be flown high, and the only ones that come to mind are

those used by ter­ror­ists as a ral­ly­ing point.

The idea of not fly­ing a flag be­cause it may of­fend some for­eign­ers de­val­ues the cost that many paid to pro­tect it. The for­eign­ers who have come to a new coun­try do so be­cause they want to be part of the new coun­try, and the flag rep­re­sents the qual­i­ties they want.

Hon­our the val­ues that the flag rep­re­sents, and make sure it is flown high.

DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD

Mel­bourne

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