The Flags of September 11

Photos taken on September 11, 2001 in the People's Republic of Amherst

Here's my latest Belgrade News column which begins like this:

"For me, Sept. 11, 2001 began on the eve of Sept. 10 in a pastoral college town located about 160 miles north of Manhattan (the one in New York, not the one in Montana).

On that night I attended a public meeting in Amherst, Mass., where the town’s ruling class voted 4-1 to prevent 29 American flags from flying in the downtown for an extended period."

The 9/11/11 update.


Ed said...

My second best extemp quote ever came out of that -- how permitting the flags to be flown promoted diversity by showing that "Amherst also accepts those of us who don't hate our country."

Things were simpler back then, though === good and evil and not all the mushyness in between.

TCC said...

I remember that quote, actually, and have used it in past writings. There were so many pithy remarks made that night.