Better to help than complain
July 3, 2008 · Updated 8:45 PM
I used to fly a flag. I bought it, cleaned it, put it out and took it down. One day when I brought it in from outside, a corner of the flag touched the floor. My husband, seated in his chair across the room, scolded me for violating the flag code. I dont remember what my response was, but I doubt I said, Why thank you honey! I do remember thinking he could do a little to help.
From the tone of the original letter about the flag situation at the Coupeville school, I doubt the writer came in and asked what he could do to help. I expect he scolded the principal and expected an immediate chastised response.
From yesterdays News-Times we learned there was, indeed, more to the story. It should be a lesson to all who judged the situation by one letter to the News-Times: If you do want to help, ask questions. Dont make demands.
Remember the old saying: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Rita Dybdahl Cline