I have already contacted Montclair code enforcement as well as the offending store owner about this issue, but I thought I should communicate with the Montclair Local as well. I refer here to the very prominent display of a Ukrainian flag below the U.S. flag (on the same flagpole) above the Anthropologie retail space. Another pair of flags is displayed in the same manner on the other side of Church Street.

I realize a breach such as this is a normal occurrence in our current new reality. But it shouldn't be. According to protocols regarding the display of the U.S. flag, in this case from the American Legion website: "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation."

The fact that only a few of my fellow residents are aware of the profound wrongness of this cheap display of what George Orwell would call Goodthink is unsurprising yet deeply disturbing. If one were to look beyond the hysteria and virtue signaling, he or she would view the United States/NATO expansion in the region for what it is, i.e., a provocative act. It's reasonable to assume that if Russia made a similar incursion into Mexico or even Central America, the United States would respond with swift and intense military action.

Jerry Bernini

Editor's note: Montclair raised the Ukranian flag in the Montclair Center area starting last month, to show support for Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion. While federal law provides guidance for how to fly the U.S. flag and other flags, there are no local, state or federal penalties for violation of flag etiquette.

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