Regarding lowering the American flag to half-staff for Nelson Mandela, a recent letter states the point of the sheriff who refused to lower the flag "was that the flag should only be lowered for citizens of the U.S. He was recognizing and honoring that long tradition from our founding. ...Unfortunately, the current administration dislikes the U.S. and its traditions."
I suggest the commentator take a look at U.S. history, and the U.S. Flag Code, which states: "By order of the president, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States government and the governor of a state, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law."
President Barack Obama had full discretion to order flags lowered as a mark of respect to the memory of Mandela, as did Ronald Reagan (Anwar Sadat in 1981), Bill Clinton (Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and King Hussein of Jordan in 1999) and George W. Bush (Pope John Paul II in 2005).
When will folks stop using our founding fathers to spread falsehoods about the Obama administration? These falsehoods will be swallowed only by those who don't care to take the next step and verify what they hear or read.
Hilton Head Island