To the editor:
My name is Alfred Boston and I am a proud veteran and patriot. And I have been happy to call Bainbridge Island home in some fashion or another since 1989.
But on Oct. 6, I was shocked and appalled by something I was, while I was at the ferry dock waiting for the 12:20 sailing to Seattle I was witness to a seine that should have never happened.
The flag, the American flag, was treated with such disrespect that I could not believe what I saw. There it was, attached to the flag pole with only the top corner secured properly. The bottom corner and the Washington state flag were hanging there in such a manner that they were coiled up and looked like a wind sock, a basic wind sock.
How hard would it have been for a staff member to tie, clip or secure the flag correctly? Not hard at all.
I asked several staff members as to why it was not being flown correctly the first person I talked to told me that it was not his job to hang the flag and then walked off. The second told me that the clasp was broken and that a “repair order” was submitted. The rest of the people I tried to talked to just walked off when I asked the question.
I offered to fix it myself but when I did that I was put under threat of arrest.
I would be ashamed if I were a working with those people. The employees of a state agency should not have such a cavalier attitude towards the American flag and Washington state flag.
If this wasn’t enough I felt even more ashamed when I returned. I was on the 7:20 sailing from Seattle, so I arrived back on the Island after dark and I was shock to find that the flag was still up, in even worse condition it was nearly eight hours prior. Not only was it coiled like it was before, there was not illuminated in any manner by any light. Again I asked a staff member as why the flag was being treated in such a way, this I was told “What difference does it make. No one cares.” I felt sick to my stomach. On the hope of things being different I decided to go back over to the ferry dock this morning and I ashamed to say that no one has done anything about it. The flags are still in the same condition they were yesterday.
Why is it so hard for the Department of Transportation and/or the ferry system to display a flag properly?