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Musings about flags and menorahs

Posted: December 24, 2008 6:02 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 
Is there no end to the self-righteous, judgmental, mean-spirited things the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley find the need to do to and say about their fellow residents?

Two stories on page A1 on Dec. 11, "Flag mistake fuels anger" and "Not a kosher scene on the west side," speak volumes about the need for more kindness and respect for others in this community.

After months of reading nasty remarks about people who supported political candidates and/or issues that letter-writers to The Signal disagreed with, this is the final blow.

Couldn't Mr. Armbruster and his wife have been charitable enough to think, "Poor guy, he's trying to honor the flag and is probably not aware of flag etiquette. Let's go point it out and offer to help him re-position his display"?

As far as the menorah mishap, I think a little conversation between the homeowners association and the temple prior to putting up the "holiday" displays would have prevented this ridiculous "not my job" from evolving into accusations of religious prejudices.

Perhaps they should write down a set of guidelines for putting up the Santa Claus and menorah displays in the future.

That way, if someone is out of town or the board membership changes, there will be something to guide those responsible for putting them up in years to come.

Now we will probably have to hear from some righteously indignant resident who objects to Santa Claus as not a "Christian" symbol but a nonreligious symbol of conspicuous consumption who represents marketing more than anything.

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