Thursday, July 8, 2010

Flag Disgrace

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”- Frederick Douglass

Fire Starter recently reported on Mayor Hannon’s final insult to Chief Frank Dohnalek. We reported that Mayor Hannon refused to allow flags to be flown at “half staff” in honor of chief Dohnalek’s 46 years of service to the Village and its residents. Apparently, at the last minute, the mayor grudgingly allowed the flags to be lowered for a 24 hour period.

What is unclear is whether the initial refusal was petty revenge against a retired village fire fighter or megalomaniacal excess. Although Fire Starter would not discount the former, certainly, there is ample evidence to support the latter.

Fire Starter has learned that Governor Patterson had ordered flags lowered to half staff in late June to honor fallen soldier and New York State resident, Army Specialist Blair Thompson. Thompson, of Vernon, New York was fatally wounded when his unit was attacked by insurgents in Konar Province, Afghanistan.

In response to a teletype detailing the Governor’s action, Village Police Department personnel lowered the flags to half staff to honor this fallen hero. Mayor Hannon immediately ordered the flags raised since he had not approved the action. It was apparently not sufficient that the order came from the governor or that it was being done to honor a fallen hero. In what has become all too common, it is all about King Dennis the Insufferable.

Once again, Hannon has shown he is incapable of rational or beneficent thought. Once again, Hannon has shown he is unfit to wield any power. And once again, we reiterate…HANNON MUST GO.

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