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City Council: American Flag is Clutter

By Bobby Eberle

A Texas city council has voted to ban American flags from a local cemetery. Why? Because these people want to keep the cemetery free of "clutter." That's right... according to these "leaders," the American flag is "clutter" and cannot be placed beside a tombstone. It appears common sense and respect for veterans have gone out the window.

As reported by KHOU.com in Houston, the city council in Mineral Wells, Texas voted to ban the display of flags and other items such as teddy bears from grave sites. Flags are now only allowed during the two weeks around Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

In addition, flowers can't even be left at the tombstones of loved ones unless they are in a vase. What kind of ordinance is this?

As KHOU.com notes, it's "not clear why the city council passed the ordinance," and they "will reconsider the ban." Do you think enough people hit them on the head with the common sense hammer?

In today's society, we have to deal with so many efforts to drive out patriotism. If someone wants to display an American flag next to the grave of a loved one, that person should be allowed to do so. Let's hope this city council gets the message.

What do you think? Please leave your comments below, and then...

Contact the Mineral Wells City Council!

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  1. Lynnette White McMahonComment by Lynnette White McMahon
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I’m sure there are Boy Scout, Girl Scout and other youth organizations that would be happy to volunteer service hours to clean the cemetery if that is the concern. Sounds like the big issue is the guy who mows the grass has a harder time if there are items left at gravesites.

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    • liberty49Comment by liberty49
      July 3, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

      I think those families who CAN take care of families’ graves should, but I think perhaps a fund should be set up for those who CAN’T take care of their own because of health or distance, etc. When I was growing up everyone took care of their own–after all, they OWN the graves!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      July 5, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      The reason Liberals pass such anti-flag waving laws is because they ignore the flutter of our flags and ignore the clutter in their brains.

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  2. msheilmanComment by msheilman
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    I’ll tell ya what’s “clutter”: the city council in Mineral Wells, Texas! And all the others around today trying to dispense with anything patriotic or Christian…

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    • skepticaleyeComment by skepticaleye
      July 3, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      I understand that there are certain costs that cemetaries have to deal with to take care of old decorations that eventually need to be cleaned up, but … honestly! What bean counting, pencil pushing rocket scientists came up with this flash of brilliance! Flags? Really? Right before the 4th?

      The only clutter I see is the fog in this City Council’s brains and decision making process.

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      July 3, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

      ride them out of town on a rail,how ludicris can people be?
      if our flag is clutter to you then of america.

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      July 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

      OK, Rick Perry—as you were saying when you were campaigning . . . .

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  3. TexannaComment by Texanna
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    It really surprises me that Mineral Wells would pass such an ordinance. They are west of Ft. Worth, and most of the people I know from there are patriots and good people. It is probably based on the complaints of the groundskeepers.

    However, there are a lot of people moving to the area from the east coast, so maybe they have taken over the city council. Or it has drifted up from Austin.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      July 3, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      Would the groundskeeper(s) be complaining if it was Mexican flags beside the tombstones? Perhap the groundskeeper’s names should be run through E-Verify …

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  4. John HolzheyComment by John Holzhey
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    This is one of the reasons I’m being creamated. This is absolute idiocy. If the cemetary is privately owned, what business is it of the city council?
    Maybe we should just give this town back to Mexico.

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    • serenityComment by serenity
      July 3, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

      Could it possibly be private and they still get away with this? I imagine it must be public. Many are public. Maybe the solution is to sell the cemeteries to offset debt. Fortunately, I have arranged to be interred in the private cemetery nearby. None of this anti-patriot nonsense.

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  5. joespenthouseComment by joespenthouse
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Grounds keepers get paid to keep the grounds looking nice and should not be complaining about doing there jobs,the American flag is a symbol and should be respected at all cost.The communist b.o. ****** is destroying this country let,s not encourage him by this selfless act that would make him and moochelle very happy.
    Don,t forget that moochelle made the comment on memorial day when she whispered in ovomits ear ” All this for a f….n flag ” and ****** nodded his head with approval.It,s not clutter it,s a flag in remembrance for a passing patriot.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 3, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      It is possible that is wasn’t groundskeepers who complained. It could have been any one of the individuals or organizations that delight in attacking the basic fundamentals of our freedom and our nation. The ACLU as well as Muslims and C.A.I.R. come to mind.

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  6. Robert WrightComment by Robert Wright
    July 3, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I for one is ashamed of Mineral Wells, Texas city concil passing this unAmerican and un Texan law. How dare they say that the American flag is “clutter”? I bet that not one of these people are true TEXANS for a true TEXAN would NEVER do this. They should all be ran out of town on a rail and tar and feathered like we did in the old days.

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    • FireMallComment by FireMall
      July 3, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

      Key word in your posting, True Texans.

      Ever wonder where the Kalipunkees end up after they leave Kalipunkia ??
      The blow their whinny azzes into Texas with the cash from their way the heck overpriced Kalipunkia homes , buy places in towns like Mineral Wells at a dime on the dollar .
      Then with nothing to do but ***** about the Real People’s way of living, Do what the are best at ,
      “ACT” like they belong just long enough to Run for local offices , then, Promptly **** in their New roost just like they did in Kalipunkia.

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  7. djdryoelComment by djdryoel
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    I would encourage everyone who finds this as appalling as me to e-mail their thoughts to the Mineral Wells City Council members that voted to approve this ban. Each one of their e-mail addresses can be found on the City of Mineral Wells website @

    http://www.mineralwellstx.gov/index.aspx?NID=116

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    • djdryoelComment by djdryoel
      July 3, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      Another good person to share your thoughts with would be Marshall Downs, Supervisor at the Woodland Park Cemetery in Mineral Wells. That is where the complaint/complaints originated. His e-mail address is:

      cemeterysupv@mineralwellstx.gov

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    • drlommaComment by drlomma
      July 5, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

      Or you could read my post about the Flag law, get the information, and pass that on to the town leaders.

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  8. Robin Revak-GoldenComment by Robin Revak-Golden
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    This idea has been tried at other places, and they usually change their minds. Surely you have someone to help clean them up – Give the city a chance to chime in – you’d be surprised who might want to help out. And as for the Flag, there is not a reason i can think of to not have those there. Proud americans died for us so we can be free, They deserve the flag in life and in death!
    is this what our small towns are coming to?
    Im ashamed to be an American, with all that is going on these days!
    forget about poilitically correct – We are Americans and we should start acting like it!

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    • figgyComment by figgy
      July 4, 2012 @ 12:15 am

      Robin, please accept this in the constructive spirit in which it is sent. Your comment that you are ashamed to be an American really got to me.

      I hope you meant that you are ashamed of many Americans for their despicable comments and actions, with all that is going on these days!

      Even with all the unexcusable and disgusting dialog and behavior we see and hear these days, we have no reason to personally be ashamed because of what others do. Those are the Ugly Americans. We are the Proud Americans.

      As you stated we are Americans and we should start acting like Americans should act. The most patriotic of us can always improve and be shining examples to the Ugly Americans who need to face the facts about where America is headed.

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  9. John AhernComment by John Ahern
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Mineral Wells – An All Un-American City!

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  10. serenityComment by serenity
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    It may be too typical of our superficial society that they prefer —- how things “look” to the more important “substance” of honor —-!

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    • solutionsComment by solutions
      July 3, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      The truth is they don’t care one bit about how the cemetery “looks” – they are doing what secular progressives do…knock down our country and our institutions every chance they get. They are not fit for public office.

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  11. bpf0653Comment by bpf0653
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Can you say “Tar & Feather the Varmints”!

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      July 3, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      I looked them up. Here are their names-

      Mike Allen

      Rick Bennett

      Margaret Colton

      Thomas Lively

      Tammy Underwood

      John Upham

      Their relatives and friends (if they have any) must be terribly, terribly proud of the way they are representing the town.

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    • vComment by v
      July 3, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

      There is. A link on here click on Contact then City Council..Then it has an email link for Allen the Mayor….please tell these jerks we are tired of this PC ****! The grounds keeper get paid to do a job…this is part of it…don’t understand flowers in a vase??? Up in this area of Texas they are making Public School kids do a Muslim/Arab Language Indoctrination and have also dropped cursive writing instruction……so very ashamed of what my State is starting to become!

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  12. trustygmaComment by trustygma
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Just keep putting the American flag out anyway…..show them this is America.

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  13. Wayne BauerComment by Wayne Bauer
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    How many of you are going to beline for mineral wells and share your hard earned money, you can eat before and after, you can buy gas before and after, you want to shop and trade with the un american city? Learn about your power, you can show it in a day.

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  14. Philip ClingermanComment by Philip Clingerman
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Ah, our opinion RE: ‘clutter’ is more important than those who served our country or the bereaved that have been left behind. Disgraceful. My father-in-law won the Purple Heart w/cluster and the Bronze Star to defend the ‘clutter’. He is fortunately buried in Arlington National Cemetary and not in Mineral Wells, where he (and we) are accorded appropriate respect. In, fairness, Arlington also has the stipulation regarding flowers being in an appropriate vase.

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  15. roosterComment by rooster
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    From the video clip, I see a lot of flowers and flags, but no “clutter.” I see the kinds of memorials one would expect to see at a cemetery. What I also see that looks like dereliction of duty on the part of the grounds keeper is grave markers covered in dirt and grass that looks more dead than alive (I know; there’s a drought and water restrictions in Texas). This is not an isolated incident. The lawlessness of the Traitor-in-Chief and his Chicago czars has had a negative trickle down effect on agencies like law enforcement and anyone else who likes to exercise their authority over others. It’s become an epidemic. The good people of Mineral Wells need tell the city council to reassess what they value and develop some respect for the dead and the families of the dead—-and, if the grounds keeper is the primary complainant—-tell the grounds keeper to shut up and do his job. I’m sure there are plenty of unemployed people who would love to have his job.

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  16. effwingerComment by effwinger
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Jeebus, we need to get these socialist, anti American, gay loving, muzlim bowing, deficit spending hypocrites OUT of office, by any means. This passed stupid years ago….

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  17. bobvansComment by bobvans
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    To be honest, this is no different than rules imposed at a condominium, or townhouse, complex. There are by-laws that all owners must abide by because they not only do not own any of the common areas, but they also don’t want everyone doing there own thing and changing the esthetics of the property. I agree about the flag, but where do you draw the line? Can all graves have a flag, or only those that were in the military? Can any size flag be placed, as long as it doesn’t infringe on another grave? What about a Confederate flag? What if the person was in the military, but wasn’t a citizen, can they have a flag of their nationality?

    Flowers make sense as they decompose and can be easily cleaned up while trimming the grass.

    I am a vet and have a flag flown everyday on my house, but I do agree with the rule.

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  18. Kathy BrauerComment by Kathy Brauer
    July 3, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Lots of private cemeteries limit the size and location of grave decorations. This must be a public cemetery, and it probably *was* intended to limit things such as teddy bears and things that would draw rodents (such as leaving the dear departed a favorite birthday meal — don’t laugh, I know people who might do such a thing). I think limiting the size of the flags left is perfectly reasonable, and leaving flowers in a vase rather than scattered (possibly endangering another visitor such as in the case where roses with thorns might be scattered by wind or other visitors and stepped or knelt on by the unsuspecting)is also a fair request.

    To limit the timing of the flags requires a little more explanation, and the whole story needs to be examined for completeness before everyone unloads on Mineral Wells.

    Politicians and news media are *very* adept at telling *part* of a story in order to slant it without actually lying. There is one particular ad running on Dallas-area tv stations that is a perfect example of the practice — except that whoever edited the segment wasn’t quite careful enough in cutting the original statement to hide the fact the candidate under attack had been cut off in mid-sentence.

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  19. solutionsComment by solutions
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    “Clutter” is an incredibly lame excuse even for secular progressives…banning the flag is anti-American and, The Flag Act allows it. I am somewhat surprised that this PC garbage is tolerated in the great state of Texas. Trust me, the addition of Teddy Bears to the ban won’t cover for the stupidity…we know what they are attempting to do.

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  20. teecee302Comment by teecee302
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Dispicable. Groundskeeper should be glad he even has a job. His “clients” don’t complain about his shoddy work. He needs to STHU and mow and trim like he’s supposed to, and that city council needs to re-evaluate their position. THIS is NOT what they were elected to preside over. Worry about budgets, businesses, and city services.
    Since city councils typically represent their constituents from respective wards, I would be curious to know what the vote was, and who the dissenting votes belonged to. Was it a landslide vote? Or a margin? Who brought it forward for a vote – newest member of the council from the liberal part of town? But thats the analytical side of me going much deeper than it needs to.
    So, regardless of all that….. TEXAS?!? Really? Are you kidding me?? Of all the states in the Union, Texas?? What a letdown. You know its bad when Texans cave. They’re not so tough after all it appears. I wonder if the groundskeeper’s last name ends in “z”.
    Disgusted with this one. Especially having a son in active duty currently, and having just placed flags on all my uncle’s bronze grave markers out of respect for their service in WWII and Korea, with the last one passing just 6 months ago.
    Mineral Not-so-well. Will avoid it when heading west out of Dallas. (other than to maybe stop and place a flag or two “where appropriate”) =)

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  21. CarolComment by Carol
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Are they insane of just crazy or both how dare they pass such a horrible law the families only have flowers and flags to bring to their family’s crave sites and these idiots took this away?

    This law had better be resended TODAY because this is just NOT fair not at all.

    The men and women who lost their lives protecting our lives have a right to have a flag on their grave site and that is a fact.

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  22. texasfarmerComment by texasfarmer
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    It’s the influx of liberals coming into the state. Just look at the nonsense they are pulling in Austin.
    Time to build a fence, not only at the south but to the north.

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  23. 19lrae33Comment by 19lrae33
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    This communities leaders need to be packed up and sent to the front lines to live for the duration of a normal tour.

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  24. Patricia A. WoolardComment by Patricia A. Woolard
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Our American Flag is not clutter. If it were clutter do you think thousands of American military would have given their lives to protect our flag and country! Get over it!

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  25. Bob WatkinsComment by Bob Watkins
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I read ALL I could; THIS might be repetitious; Several years A-go something simialr happened in Copperas Cove, except it was the City Manager instead of the Council. Anyhoo, is this A City owned facility; if not why is the Council involved? Either way, IMO what would clutter up the cemetary would be the corpses of the Councilmembers.

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  26. middlegroundComment by middleground
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    Sounds like a great opportunity for free enterprise, invent a memorial flag that doesn’t interfere with the mowing or hire scouts to take down and put up the flags before and after mowing. A major problem has always been plastic flowers, but flags honoring those who served in the military certainly presents a unique problem for those modern cemeteries that have flat tombstones.

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  27. Joyce SchneiderComment by Joyce Schneider
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    God Bless America! Such a lack of respect for our Veterans – for the very people who fought for our Country. Could this action be a political ‘thing’ brought on my the current admn?

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  28. verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    If they are so worried about the so called clutter and mess of everyone leaving flags at their loved ones graves, then maybe everyone who leaves a flag should just leave a penny or a nickle in a cup, whoever clears the flag can keep it. That should cover the second it takes to remove the flag and/or flowers. It sounds like another fee on the horizon anyway. Personally, I am an american and proud to say so. If the need to leave a flag is present, LEAVE IT. This is still America, isn’t it? And when will the fireworks stop?

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  29. lowlifeComment by lowlife
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    This is on the voters of Mineral Wells. They elected these meddlesome morons to the city council (probably based on party and without any understanding of their ideology and policy preferences). If, after having become aware of how these people intend to govern the town, the voters don’t approve of their policies, it is up to them to replace the council.

    If there was excessive clutter, it’s not something to pass a law over. It’s up to the owner of the cemetery to set policy (provided it doesn’t conflict with existing contracts, or agreements).

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  30. calharComment by calhar
    July 3, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Whats clutered is the feeble brains of the City Council.????????

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  31. SAnnComment by SAnn
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I never imagined saying this being a born and raised a ‘REAL’ Texan even though I live in another state but I am ashamed of Mineral Wells City Council. I come from East Texas and thought Mineral Wells loved their country and were proud to fly our country’s flag. How times change over the years but I have faith in the citizens who will tell city hall there are always recalls unless they remove the flag from their clutter list quickly! I will keep up with this because I still visit TX every year and my brother, cousins and husband’s family are there and the letters will fly into the City Council’s offices as well as phone calls.

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  32. Allen SComment by Allen S
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    What are people drinking these days to keep our American Flag off any grave in a cemetary especially if they served our country. The groundskeeper must be from Mexico or another country who does not appreciate our country and the council members are afraid of him. I am appalled at the lack of flags flown on American holidays — I wonder how many I will be able to count in my neighborhood tomorrow. Our flag flies every day except in bad weather.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 3, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

      “The groundskeeper must be from Mexico or another country who does not appreciate our country”

      Where is everyone getting the idea that the groundskeeper was the one who complained? I have talked to the mayor and one of the city council members and they assured me that this is another incident of media bias. They said it was the cemetery board that approved the change and asked the city council to go along with them in this CITY OWNED cemetery. They also said they have a council meeting scheduled for the 10th to address this issue, but it all began because ONE man wanted a flag to remain on a relative’s grave 24/7 and the cemetery board advised him it could not be done because the flag would need to be lighted at night.

      Folks, this has become another issue promoted by a biased media outlet looking to create some turmoil.

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  33. verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    If they are so worried about the so called clutter and mess of everyone leaving flags at their loved ones graves, then maybe everyone who leaves a flag should just leave a penny or a nickle in a cup, whoever removes the flag can keep it. That should cover the second it takes to remove the flag and/or flowers. It sounds like another fee on the horizon anyway. Personally, I am an american and proud to say so. If the need to leave a flag is present, LEAVE IT. This is still America, isn’t it? And when will the fireworks stop?

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  34. verydisappointedComment by verydisappointed
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    If they are so worried about the so called clutter and mess of everyone leaving flags at their loved ones graves, then maybe everyone who leaves a flag should just leave a cent or two in a cup, whoever removes the flag can keep it. That should cover the second it takes to remove the flag and/or flowers. It sounds like another fee on the horizon anyway. Personally, I am an american and proud to say so. If the need to leave a flag is present, LEAVE IT. This is still America, isn’t it? And when will the fireworks stop?

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  35. mobyComment by moby
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    940-328-7818 Ask for Marshal
    But before ya start yelling…LISTEN!
    This article is total BS!
    I called the man, he runs the cemetary, and not only are flags allowed their put down free by the VFW!
    In 1939 the VFW started putting flags down one week before memorial day and ramin for one week after (two weeks) to honor fallen soldiers. The city counsel expanded that to include the 4th of July. (again two weeks, again free, again by the VFW) ONE MORON wants his family member to have a flag 24/7 365. Which as anyone that knows flag proticol needs lighting. The city counsol voted not to allow flags 24/7 365. THAT IS A VERY DIFFERENT STORY!
    I sent a scathing email to GOPUSA for acting like liberals and distorting the truth. I can get pleanty of that kind of **** from MSNBC if it was allowed on my TV. But I’ve issued strick orders to shoot the TV if it ever appears.
    PLEASE, check this out for yourself!
    THIS IS STILL TEXAS BY GOD!
    I spoke to the man directly! He’s a very nice guy. His name is Marshal, please be respectful! He’s a damn nice guy
    and a TEXAN! Through and through.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      July 3, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

      moby,

      I also sent an email to the mayor of Mineral Wells and within 10 minutes I got a very courteous, thoughtful response. He said that NOTHING had been removed from the cemetery and WOULD NOT BE removed until after the next council meeting next week.

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    • FireMallComment by FireMall
      July 3, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks Moby: This makes sense now.
      As for the Loft’s failure in Journalism.
      Imo, this is when Real Men have a golden opportunity to prove themselves by making a Very Public apology.

      Then to reciprocate for the Failures in their Journalist mistep.
      The CEO’s of GOP / Loft, etc. should set up a Permanent Endowment to fund perpetual “Lighting” at the Cemetery so the Flags an be displayed 24/7. as all cemeteries “should” have always been that intern Veterans. .
      I still stand by my op that the Libs fro9m all Socialist American States always show up in Texas by the Droves when their home state’s economy is in the tank.

      And yes They always seem to want Texas to be their Home States twin brother & Expect everyone to jump through hoops and give the same freebee entitlement way of living as the bankrupted California , etc, legislature does.

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  36. Frederick AllenComment by Frederick Allen
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    My brother is buried in a memorial park in Pennsylvania and even as far back as the 80′s this private cemetery had rules in regards to the placement of decorations on the graves of loved ones. Each plot required that the headstone be flush to the ground and they contained a FLOWER VASE which when not used was turned upside down and placed inside the headstone marker. We were told that any flowers placed on the grave must be placed in this vase. Flags were permitted but needed to be REMOVED by the person who placed them there within a week after the special commemoration. In addition Christmas weaths and sprays where to be removed before the spring thaw since the grounds keeper would need to mow the grass.

    I do not know if the rules have been changed for the memorial park where my brother is buried or not but I can understand a cemetery trying to keep things neat and orderly. I would not be surprised if many folks are placing things at these grave sites and then expect the groundskeepers to pick-up after them.

    I know of several cemeteries who actually place flags at the gravesites of all veterns and firefighters and police officers who are buried there. The families really appreciate the thoughtfulness.

    All that being said, I can not immediately throw stones at the mineral wells texas city council because I do not have all the facts so to why they thought an ordinance such as this was needed.

    Banning the flag though does seem a bit like overkill. But then again we do not know what all was being left at these grave sites.

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  37. Barbara HedgesComment by Barbara Hedges
    July 3, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    clutter..I am surprised this is coming from Texas. Was it clutter when these were bodies laying on the ground fighting to save us all. This kind of nonsense and destroying America and what we stand for has got to stop. Wonder how our Military men and women fighting now view this. Shame on the people promoting this.

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  38. Repossess AmericaComment by Repossess America
    July 3, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    Mineral Wells, you simply go to the city council and tell them where to shove their ruling. Then you go to the cementary and put a flag on your family member or friends gravesite. They only get away with it if YOU let them. Make a stand. The veterans did.

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  39. Spiritof76Comment by Spiritof76
    July 3, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    It is another example of how Americans in the 21st Century have become a bunch of sheep. I don’t understand why the people of Mineral Wells didn’t go to the city hall in mass numbers with pitch forks and get rid of the local communists who occupy the city government on the spot. What do you think would have happened hundred years ago if they had pulled this stunt then? Baa…Baa…Baa

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  41. jimcComment by jimc
    July 3, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    Mineral Wells Tx. has a long history of supporting the military, going back to WWII when Camp Wolters was an Army training base, followed by becoming Wolters AFB and finally used as the primary helicopter training center during the Vietnam war. Many ex-military folks chose to come back to Mineral Wells after their service was ended. This whole story was twisted and misconstrued by some Houston pea-brained reporters who didn’t bother to research the whole story. I would suggest all you pinhead nay-sayers who were ready to jump on the town get on the internet and check out the July 3 issue of the Mineral Wells Index which fully explains the situation. The council member DID NOT call the US flag “clutter” but was referring to all the other stuff that some people put on and around graves which make maintenance difficult. When flags or flowers are placed in the appropriate vases or slots in the markers, there is no restriction or problem; the problem lies when flags and other things are stuck in the ground or laid around areas other than on or in the marker. I am generally a supporter and fan of Fox News, but KHOU simply blew this one in trying to create controversial headline grabbers. Get a life and get the facts, folks before blowing off.

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  42. BohdanUke1Comment by BohdanUke1
    July 4, 2012 @ 12:58 am

    The article should include the names and pics if available of these animals.

    Remember, as long as we stay quiet our country will be getting further & further out of reach to bring it back to sanity.

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  43. Stan ParrishComment by Stan Parrish
    July 4, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    They better reconsider banning the flag. I was surprised to hear this happened in Texas. I would expect more common sense. I didn’t think liberalitus would ever catch on there.

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    • thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
      July 4, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

      No common sense in liberal strongholds like Houston, Dallas, Austin and El Paso

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  45. rebel1231Comment by rebel1231
    July 4, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I just really hope stories like this serve to remind conservatives that we can NEVER GIVE UP – NEVER RELAX – NEVER EVER EVER STOP THE FIGHT. We have sat back far too long and let the liberals get a huge foothold in OUR country. They need to be stopped or invited to leave, but they cannot be allowed to continue to rot our country from the inside out.

    Oh – and one pet peeve. Cemetery is NOT spelled with an “a”. It is C E M E T E R Y. Please learn that. I missed that word in a 7th grade spelling bee and it bugs me to this day LOL.

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  46. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    July 4, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I didn’t spend the best 20 years of my life in service to my country so some lily livered coward of a politician can tell my family they can’t lay flowers on my grave and leave a flag to honor my service. This scum suckin commie can kiss my old hairy backside.

    USMC/USN RET.

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  47. FreeDameComment by FreeDame
    July 4, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    Frankly, I don’t believe this particular outrage is about the Flag. This is all about power, and the Council proving that they run the town. My city has a Council exactly like this one. These people don’t believe they REPRESENT their constitutents; they believe they RULE us. If you think all of the politically “elite” are in Washington, think again.

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  48. Haze DuvallComment by Haze Duvall
    July 4, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    The American Flag is no more of a clutter then the flowers that are placed on the grave cites. I think that the people that come up with all this rubbish should be tarred and feathered and ran out of town on a rail. Just like they use to do way back when.

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  49. genesalComment by genesal
    July 4, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I fought, yes I fought for the flag. I love the flag and feel this story is saddening and infuriating at the same time. However, I feel that this is a remote local incident & problem. This has nothing to do with the Union & the United States. I personally feel that we are swatting mosquitoes while the Titanic is sinking and the buzzards are circling.

    Please, let’s save the ship first then we can swat the mosquitoes.

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  50. genesalComment by genesal
    July 4, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    This one is FEDERAL INTIMIDATION in which it makes sense to worry about.

    An Oregon town has reportedly canceled its annual fireworks show out of concern the Fourth of July pyrotechnics will scare sea birds roosting nearby.

    Town officials in Depoe Bay have announced the cancellation of the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show on July 3 following pressure from federal wildlife managers who said the noise disrupts sea birds in the area, the Oregonian reports.

    The move has irked local business owners who count on the popular show to bring foot traffic.

    “It’s a great loss to our community,” Peggy Leoni, co-owner of Trollers Lodge, a small motel in Depoe Bay, told the newspaper.

    Rebecca Chuck, deputy project leader with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the move was necessary to protect species such as the Brandt’s cormorant that nest at Pirates Cove.

    The cove is less than a mile south of Boiler Bay, where the fireworks show is held, and seabird colonies on the north coast face intensifying pressure from bald eagles and other predators. The event at Boiler Bay has been a tradition since 1993.

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    • thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
      July 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

      We have been doing this for over 50 years. I’m sure the birds will get over it. Those that don’t may seek counseling at any of the local left wing liberal pacifist cowardly anti-American cry baby shrinks.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      July 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

      Right you are!

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