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A reader sends in this heartwarming patriotic moment, just in time for the July 4th holiday:
Just before school let out, students at Alpine Elementary were thrilled to see a new American flag flying in front of their school – only it wasn’t just any old flag. The new American flag flying in front of Alpine School once flew over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C…
In a Feb. 26 letter from U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi, included with the new flag, Renzi told students their commitment to academic excellence “will serve you well as you go forward in life.” Renzi encouraged the children to continue their studies of “our rich culture and history.”
What’s especially touching is that Renzi must have been awfully busy the day he sent that letter, seeing as it came just four days after he was indicted on federal fraud charges. (Although reporter Judy Hayes failed to mention Renzi’s indictment in the story.) As the reader who sent the item remarked, after the ceremony there was a demonstration for the kids about “how to make a shiv out of a toothbrush.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”