Letters: School board shouldn’t have reversed vote
Vail CO, Colorado
Politics reversed vote
I’m so confused. If I understand correctly, I understand that there is a school district and then there is a school board created by elected representatives from our community who are put in place to vote and decide on matters that need to be voted on.
I understand the controversy regarding their vote to give funds to the charter school. What I don’t understand is why the community is able to put up a fuss and get that vote reversed. Does this mean we should all rally together to try to reverse future votes that we don’t necessarily agree with because we don’t have all the knowledge and background information that the board members have? Or is it only OK to do that when it pertains to the Eagle County Charter Academy?
What does this say about our community? Where is our unity for these children? Why is it such a bad idea to embrace the Eagle County Charter Academy? Not only is the reversal of this vote a terrible reflection on our school board and school district, this is a terrible reflection on our community as a whole. I’m sure nobody doubts that the school board members put a lot of time, thought and knowledge into their vote the first time around. So I guess what we can all learn from this is that the words and opinions and votes of our school board members apparently don’t mean much.
So why do they sit there if that is the case?
Mind flag etiquette
Eagle County is home to world renowned ski resorts that attract visitors from around the world. As local high school students who have lived here our whole lives, we have seen a multitude of flags from every corner of the globe in our very own town. But it wasn’t until we met Bill Hanlon, a longtime resident of Vail, that the issue of how to fly the U.S. flag was brought to our attention. Bill, who was here when Vail was “just two sheep ranches” in 1967, has seen the valley grow and develop into what it is today; a bustling community, full of patriotic pride and support.
In order to truly respect Old Glory and everything it represents, it is our moral obligation to fly it correctly. This not only applies to the flag of the United States, but also international, state and organizational flags. As Veterans’ Day is just around the corner, we thought we might share some common etiquette that is associated with displaying Old Glory.
When the flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against the wall or in a window, the union (the blue area with stars) should be at the top and to the flag’s right or the observer’s left.
When being flown with a number of flags of states, localities, or divisions, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point of the group. When international flags are displayed with Old Glory, they should be flown from separate staffs that are the same height and the flags should be the same size. The order for the flags (starting on the observer’s left) is generally national flags (U.S. first, then others in alphabetical order in English), state (host state, then others in the order of admission) and territories (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, etc.).
Flags should either be taken down at sunset or be lit at all times (whether by sunlight or artificial light). When flying the flag at half-staff, first raise it to the peak for a moment, then lower the flag to halfway between the bottom and the top of the staff. When lowering it, raise the flag to the peak again, then lower it for the day.
During this season of remembrance toward those who have fought and are fighting for our rights to freedom and liberty, please fly your flag(s) properly in appreciation of our brave soldiers and veterans.
To order a free brochure that we have prepared with additional information on flag protocol, call (970) 479-2115. For more information on proper flag regulations from the Independence Hall Association, visit http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html.
High School seniors and Town of Vail interns