I just read Editor Tim Wiederaenders' "catchall" column, "'Statement' is just disrespectful," and boy, how timely it was for me. Thank you, Tim, for publishing the facts of flag etiquette.
Every day on my way to work, I drive down Navajo in Prescott Valley and see an American flag flying emblazoned with the image of John Wayne as a cavalry officer. This is apparently also a "statement," similar in nature to the upside-down flag you wrote about in your column.
My reaction sort of took me by surprise because, even though I had never seen the etiquette rules spelled out formally prior to reading your column, I knew it was not appropriate to deface our flag in any way. Whatever John Wayne represents culturally or politically, this display does not honor him because it does not honor our flag. I hope whoever is flying that flag sees this letter, or a friend or acquaintance tells them about it.
Liberal or conservative, the flag is our common symbol of love for our country. Let's all play by the proper rules of etiquette and not bend them to our own personal purposes or biases.