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April 18, 2008


Kevin Fischer

If you're for a bunch of little girls singing the national anthem, then you should have no trouble endorsing a returning veteran hero putting a small decal on his POLICE LOCKER!

Get consistent, John.


If you find those two situations in any way consistent, you are truly lost to reason and have succumbed to knee-jerk jingoism.

The officer in question seems to have the correct perspective: "The officer was reminded of the policy and put the flag inside his locker. He had no problem with that."

I tend to side with the guy whose boots were on the ground in a war zone, perspective-wise.

And, as John Prine sang: "Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore."

Greg Kowalski

I stand with the police officer on this. He felt it absolutely fine to put the decal inside his locker.

The officer is simply following the rules any officer in the FPD must follow. He also knows he's not above (or below) anyone on the force, even though he served in the US military.

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Patterson for not only defending his boss, Chief Oliva, but for his willingness to not create controversy where none is.

Kevin Fischer

It's no wonder Klueless Kowalski wouldn't see the lack of common sense being displayed here.

Common sense should take hold in that there is nothing wrong with a returning war veteran placing a small American flag decal on his police locker.

The man has been willing to put his life on the line as both a soldier and police officer. The least we can do is allow him to put a flag on his locker.

That would certainly be the common sense thing to do, a trait Kowalski rarely exhibits.


Would this even be an issue with Kevin Fischer if it were a Barack Obama sticker?

John Michlig

... Or what if it was one of those cool Apple logo stickers that you get when you purchase a Mac?

Kevin Fischer

But it wasn't those things, guys.


Deal with the issue.

John Michlig

Please tell me, Mr. Kevin Fischer, that when you write "Deal with the issue" within proximity to an early baffling, non sequitur comment wherein you refer to another commenter as "Klueless Kowalski," you are displaying some newly attained sense of irony and self-awareness that has heretofore been absent from your body of work.

Once we clear that up, I'll dissect your viewpoint.
And I'll do it without ever once calling you names.

In the meantime, here's a quote about "flags" for you - who refers to himself as a "devout Catholic" - to ponder on this sunny Sunday:

"Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes


As the article says,"The chief noted the department even displays a flag that flew over the Afghanistan base where the officer served. "

So serving in Afghanistan gives this officer the licenses to all American symbols.

Get over it Fischer, if the rule is, no stickers, this goes for vet or no vet.Even if it is a Flag, Cross, Jewish star or a picture of Pamela Anderson on the outside of his locker.

The stupidity of this all is that the WTMJ even made this an issue.


I'm all for free speech, but what happened to "a rule's a rule?" I agree that WTMJ had a go at this to make a story where one didn't really exist. The officer said he understood, which means he's being a nice guy about it all. I bet he understands there are plenty of opportunities to show respect for America besides putting a flag decal on a work locker.

Hey, what happened to our consummate professional here? The name calling must have just slipped out or something.

Zach W.

I love Kevin's brand of maturity...when all else fails, start name calling.

What I can't help but wonder is how this is an issue, given the fact that the officer himself didn't have a problem with it.

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