Always raise the flag
I was at West Valley College in Saratoga, where my son had a football game and thought I would share this.
My son has been involved in football for many years from pee-wee to junior college. The one constant thing about each game is that before each game our national anthem was played and the Stars and Stripes flew near the field. That was not the case on Nov. 10 (which was Veterans' Day weekend). As the teams lined up on the field I looked at the south end of the field where a flag pole stood naked. I asked "where's the flag, where's our national anthem?"
At the end of the game, as we were leaving, one of West Valley's coaches happened to be riding by in his golf cart. I stopped and asked him the same question. His answer was they have ONE PERSON in a house close to the field whose wife was a city councilwoman and passed a NOISE ordinance so they could not play the national anthem because it would bother them.
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My God! I told him in a time where we have our finest young men and women serving overseas dying, shedding their blood, separated from their families and risking their lives it is truly a sad day especially on Veterans' Day weekend. He shrugged and said I know but there's nothing he could do about it.
Well, we may not be able to change the law but you can forward this letter to everyone you know and write to or forward this to every editor of your local newspaper. West Valley College should be ashamed and the Saratoga City Council should be exposed for their disgrace. The time and effort to do this is nothing compared to what our brave sons and daughters have sacrificed everyday and in the past.
Downey soccer lauded
Congratulations to the Downey Knights' strong run late in the season. Great job, boys, for stepping up and making it a historical year for your high school, by being the first soccer team to make it to the section finals. When you played Modesto High the last game of the season, you knew it was do or die. You win, you advance; you lose or tie, you go home. And you not only won, but you did it 4-0. Also, all of you hold your heads high, you won second place in the section over a lot of teams and went through four No. 1 teams to get to the finals. A lot of people believe you outplayed Davis in the finals; it just didn't fall your way. To the seniors, good luck with your futures and thank you for your hard work. As for everybody else, I hope to see you in the finals again next year.
Thank you all. Great job.
SCOTT CUNNINGHAM SR.