Last week, Gov. Glenn Youngkin ordered all flags at public institutions in Virginia to be lowered to pay respect to those killed in the surprise Hamas attack on Israel.
Flags were to remain at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, October 14.
Flags should “be flown at half-staff on all state and local buildings and grounds to honor the lives lost in the horrific terror attack committed against Israel and to hold those injured and held hostage in our thoughts,” Youngkin said in a release last Sunday.
This took place across the Commonwealth, but not in the Town of Cape Charles. Apparently, Cape Charles did not have a flag available to fly during this time. According to the Town, the current flag was damaged and it would have been disrespectful to fly in that condition.
So, a town with a $7 million dollar budget doesn’t have a flag? Really? It would seem that the very second you found out your flag was damaged, you would have purchased a new one. In the meantime, you can repair a damaged flag and use it until it is replaced. Nobody is going to yell at you for doing this, especially when the situation is fully warranted and ordered by the Governor.
The Town eventually ordered and received a new flag (on Friday), but not without citizens first making a scene about it.
Why did they wait so long when one of the best flag and signal operations is right here in the 757? This writer provided the address. Back in the day, Joe Vaccaro, as a Marine, would never allow the town to be flagless. He would have driven across in his own car to get one if need be. He understood the symbol. Those days are long gone.
Somebody working for the town, collecting a salary on the taxpayer’s dime, had the job of keeping track of things like replacing a damaged flag. What exactly are they doing all day?
PRO MYSTERY TIP: The town employee who carries water and tries to make excuses for this lapse is the main suspect. But, there could be several.
A Darker Theory
A couple of citizens told the Mirror they did not think the Town had any intention of honoring the dead Jews by flying the flag at half-mast. I don’t believe it was intentional, however, the general lack of care and urgency could be a subliminal symptom, a residue of historically ingrained Jew hate. Behind my back, people in this town have called me the “Dirty Little Jew”, so there’s that. There will always be this: Jews consider Jesus a great Jew, but not a prophet, not the Son of God, not the Messiah, and he did not rise from the dead. In a historical context, he was a Jew who launched an effort to subvert the Roman government and he was crucified for his efforts, as many other Jews were. This schism between Christians and Jews is two thousand years old–as Freud correctly noted, so much of the self is submerged and driven by unknown forces–the conscious Christian mind may not be aware of what drives it to do certain things. Like not respecting dead and fallen Jews.
Whatever. Jew hate is not new.
In a more secular sense, this lapse, while seemingly small on the surface, exposes deeper flaws in the operation. It seems this would be a good time to reevaluate the current staffing structure. Should the entire town staff be replaced with contractors? Cape Charles has turned the harbor operations over to contractors, and the utilities have been sold and will be run by an outside firm, why not do the same with town staff? What’s the difference? There should be only three paid, public positions, serving at the pleasure of the Town Council– Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, and Town Manager. As a note, the police can be contracted, and still be considered ‘public’. In most cases, employees would just convert from public to private positions.
It all comes down to enhanced accountability–contractors must perform or they are out. Under this staffing structure, there might be a flag available when the town needs one.