Letters to the Editor
I sat up in eager anticipation on July Fourth to watch the fireworks and listen to the "1812 Overture" broadcast from the Boston Esplanade and the playing of the Boston Pops. It has been a few years since they have been broadcast here.
Over the years the "1812" has been abbreviated down to smaller than 10 minutes but is still a favorite of mine.
I read with interest The News-Gazette story in the July 5 edition about the young man arrested for flag desecration and disorderly conduct.
The term "desecration" has always puzzled me in this context. In my world, only the things of God are sacred.
But I had also thought most laws of this sort had long since been ruled unconstitutional, mostly on freedom of speech grounds.
Has Bryton Mellott ever been handed a folded U.S. flag that was draped across a coffin of a family member or fellow soldier that died serving our country?
My guess is no because if he had he would have never burned our flag.
Has he ever worn a uniform of any branch of the military?
Again, I would say no.
As a natural-born American citizen, it sickens me that people like Bryton Mellott, exercising their right to free speech, will burn a flag and then taunt people in a social forum.
While I agree and always have with freedom of speech, there are better ways to do it than burn the flag of our great United States.
I think Urbana's Bryton Mellott — who posted on Facebook on the Fourth of July a picture of himself burning the American flag — should be thrown in jail for at least 30 days. And fined.
What he did was the most terrible act toward our country. And those who have fought for our freedom. This man should learn respect.