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By Kirk Williamson
Kennewick GHS 67 

Freedom is what we fought for


To the Editor:

Regarding Congressman Doc Hastings’ Op/Ed “We need an amendment to protect the American flag.”

Really? I’ve always thought that one central pillar of the grand experiment we call America is the freedom to express an opinion—even using the flag as a prop—without the risk of bringing down the full wrath of the government. I learned that from people like Lynn Denney and Dick Ballard at Goldendale High School. I’m pretty sure they taught the same thing at Pasco High when Doc was a student there.

Respectfully, Doc, men and women haven’t fought and died for the flag, they have fought and died for an idea: freedom, including the freedom to use the flag in protest....

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