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    • I’m so sick of seeing the flag at half mast all the time. I really think they need to evaluate the half mast policy. We have a huge flag I drive by everyday to work. I’m always in a better mood when it’s flying high.

      I understand the whole concept but it’s been to much for to long. I always ask myself, why is it half mast today? Ok an ex president has passed. But sometimes it’s just depressing.

      What are your thoughts?

    • I don't think the flag, or flag protocol, is really the problem here.

      Sure, we could change the protocol for when the flag should be flown at half-staff, or the President and state governors could stop proclaiming periods of mourning so that we wouldn't have to be reminded of tragedy quite so often.

      But I think we need to be reminded of how many of these tragedies we're allowing to happen, because in so many cases that's exactly what we're doing: allowing them to happen. This is the only country in the world where a week rarely goes by without a mass shooting. I'm surprised the flag isn't at half-staff more often.

      I think we should be sad about that. We should be in a bad mood about that. We should be utterly ashamed, and we should do everything we can as a country to fix this.

    • I think you have a good point. It’s all darn depressing. Is the reminder enough to get anything done? Maybe. I do check out why it’s at half mast and I do feel bad about the reason.

      I just talked to a buddy about this and he says, well if there’s a terrorist attack on our country should the flag be lowered. It’s sure hard to say no to that.

      Today it’s in remembrance of Pearl Harbor and for the passing of President Bush. But check out this list for 2018.

      Certainly not high on my list of important things to worry about. But am curious how others feel about it.

    • I've never thought much about it other than the president can order it at half staff when there is a national tragedy. I didn't realize there was much controversy around it until you posted and I checked.

      Apparently, by U.S. Code it must be flown at half staff for 30 days after a president dies and 10 days after a vice president, chief justice or speaker of the house dies. More days are being added beyond Memorial Day, such as Bush adding September 11.

      Obama ordered more half staff days than any president before him and some people thought it might cause it to lose its meaning. Should you lower it when civilians lose their lives to mass shootings or members of the military lose their lives in service? After the Orlando shooting, when Obama ordered the flags at half staff, an Alabama county administrator got press by refusing:

      "When the flag is at half-staff, our country’s head is figuratively held low, and quite frankly, I am not willing to hang my head down because of a terrorist attack against our people and our allies,” he said. ” I am not willing to hang my head down because evil shoots up a church, school, or movie theater. We need more than a gesture as a response."