TEASER State Politics, Flag

The Moore County Board of Education will discuss adding the official salute to the North Carolina flag to its curriculum next week at the request of board member Philip Holmes.

North Carolina is one of about 17 states with such pledges on the books. The General Assembly adopted the brief salute — “I salute the flag of North Carolina and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty, and faith.” — in 2007.

(10) comments

Ed Watt

No, to any “pledge”; forced patriotism is fascism.

Tommy Davis

I recall history denotes groups who took pledges with their right hand extended in WWII. Is this what the school board has time to discuss when there are so many openings according to the Moore County Web presence? Get on with the work at hand Philip and stop with the school play yard antics.

Lisa Wells

This is what the BoE spends its time discussing? Get rid of month-long observances to raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something and forcing kids to pledge to a flag? Do they ever address real issues?

Margaret Smith

Apparently not Lisa. Forty-four teaching positions open and they worry about this.

Karl Williams

Rightwingers: We must take a stand against indoctrination in our schools!

Also rightwingers: All children must recite the Pledge!

Barbara Misiaszek

Thank you Mr. Levy, great observation. I'm glad you're back.

John Misiaszek

Malcolm Hall

This is probably the most insane discussion. The U.S. Flag represents all 50 States and it's territories. The State Flag is representative of the government in NC. When you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you are making a promise to our country. North Carolina, known as “The Old North State” and “The Tarheel State,” adopted an official State Flag in 1885. This red, white, and blue flag features a white star with the letters “N” and “C” in gold on either side. A gold scroll above displays the date “May 20, 1775,” commemorating the “Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.” A scroll below has the date “April 12, 1776,” the date of the “Halifax Resolves.” Although North Carolina Infantry carried a regimental and Confederate flag throughout the Civil War, the 1885 design remains unchanged to this day.

NC is supposed to be inclusive. Celebrating or recognizing those who have made this country safe for us all and by making all races feel wanted is not being "divisive."

I don't know about Pauline Bruno, but I celebrate our teachers, doctors, nurses, and public servants when and as often as I can. When a special day or month comes around, they deserve our praise for all they do. The key word in her statement "important."

What would classify as important to this school board? I know...Hiring more teachers and let them teach or try to get better pay and upgrade infrastructures. How about putting our children first and stop the ego trip.

Edwin Sineath

It's a good idea. Much better than pledging allegiance to a Yankee rag dripping with Southern blood.

Barbara Misiaszek

Lost cause ?

John Misiaszek

Robyn Lam

Read the Sandhills Sentinel article on the meeting for his full quote—and more details in general.

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