To the Editor:
I have recently read letters to this paper regarding proper respect for the Pledge of Allegiance.
My understanding is that at a Democratic Town Committee meeting, the town chairman, who is also a candidate for first selectman of Oxford, refused a request to have that body to pledge allegiance to the flag.
I am not questioning her patriotism, I know her to be a military veteran, as I am a military veteran. I do believe that we should pay respect and homage to our country. The pledge is said in all 50 states and it is an expression of patriotism and loyalty, not to a party but to our country.
Last week on 9/11 I read a letter to this paper from David Heim, who ran for first selectman of Oxford six years ago. In that letter, he suggested that he would kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance. I can tell him, or anyone else, that they will not kneel at any meeting over which I preside. I believe he is an intelligent person who spends way too much time worrying about the origin of the pledge rather than the meaning of the pledge.
Every meeting in Oxford begins with the pledge, including the Republican Town Committee meeting. I remember a selectmen meeting on a particular snowy evening and the only people present at the meeting were me and Selectman Jeff Haney. Selectman McKane had to plow the roads for his public works job. Jeff and I said the Pledge of Allegiance.
I would hope that the good people who are members of the Democratic Town Committee would reconsider their stance on this symbolic and important issue. It may seem meaningless to them but they should consider the feelings of people who their party represents.
George Temple, first selectman