To the Editor,
I’ve read with dismay the actions by local city and county boards to “oppose” a new Minnesota law. Using cost as an excuse, these elected officials oppose the new flag and seal and have stated they’ll vote no on transition costs. They intend to defy a Minnesota law passed by our duly-elected Legislators and Governor.
What other laws will Houston County and Fillmore County oppose? What other regulations will Houston, Brownsville, and Eitzen go against? Will the Mayor of Chatfield allow a “few callers” to embarrass our town into opposing the flag?
The sky’s the limit once you start picking and choosing which laws to enact. Will they decide that meeting Minnesota water quality standards is “too expensive”? Will they no longer run open elections because they disagree with the process? Will they stop enforcing speed limits and policing laws because they know better?
As Katherine Holbrook pointed out, the old seal and flag is painful to a wide swath of Minnesotans. I urge the Journal to print the entire poem written in honor of the seal by Mary Eastman, whose husband designed the seal. I would also love to see the flag detractors defend the old flag and seal after reading this poem.
The movement to throw out the new flag and seal is being led by GOP Senator Steve Drazkowski, who represents the Olmsted side of Chatfield. In February, he intends to introduce a bill to reverse 2023 legislation to redesign and replace the flag and seal. He and his supporters want to undo completed work and ignore the will of the voter. Once again, they’re trying to nullify election results.
The flags we fly show the world where we stand. Is this the face you want to show to our nation?