Keep Your Tears To Yourself
I find it hard to believe that the flagpole that was so generously donated is still standing on Beach 128 Street and has not yet, to my knowledge, been removed.
This being an act that I would expect not the opposition but the donating family themselves to perform after being unjustifiably criticized for this long a period by an ungrateful few. I tip my hat to their patriotism and hard work in remembering their loved one. I read the reasoning that Ms. Joan Mettler put forth.
She has the right to voice her opinion, of course, but in all reality the points were feeble and tasteless. So many flags and memorials line the beach walls and boardwalk of Rockaway.
Blocks are renamed and beaches are dedicated to our locals. No one has ever turned a block’s end into a “cemetery.” Your neighborhood, your block, and your neighbors are better than that. I can say that because I know most of them. A slab of concrete with a plaque is not a grave marker.
It is a small reward for their kindness. Ms. Mettler seemed a bit dramatic, and I was a bit weary of her claim to have been in contract for a new baffle flag site, but I still was impressed when she insisted on keeping patriotism out of this debate. It seemed like an earnest plea. That is until I turned to this week’s Wave where Ms. Mettler chose to weave her political opinions of this country’s track record in with The Wounded Warrior Project coming to the Rockaways.
Once again she stressed her patriotic ways, yet delicately implied that our soldiers are blind and brainwashed when they say they would do it again. She continuously plays the middle ground.
Ms. Mettler talks with such pride in one week’s article of the people who “died or were maimed or mauled defending it [U.S. flag]. “The next week she labels our soldiers “killing machines.” That is a term you, Ms. Mettler, have not earned the right to use. You were not in a foxhole in Iraq or a jungle in Vietnam. Neither was I. That is why I keep my opinions to myself when these men and women come to town. The only thing I can offer is relentless thank you’s. Thank you’s that are without some sly mixed message preceding them or following them up in an editorial.
To Ms. Mettler, before you write another editorial attacking mine, maybe just try keeping your “tears” to yourself. Sometimes it is just better that way.