I am grateful to be able to live in a country as great as the United States of America. Sure taxes are a little high, but it is a small price to pay for this country. The elderly and poor are provided for, those in need can easily receive help, the corruption in government is relatively minor.

In a world where governments struggle to merely survive the week, leaders are corrupt and the people can do nothing, many die of hunger every day, riots and looting are commonplace and men can be executed for tax evasion, America's foibles are insignificant.Anyplace where people complain because they only have two cars, the way a politician raised some money is questionable and they have to lock their doors at night can't be all that bad. Many people take all of this for granted. Visit a less-fortunate country (which would be just about any country) and see this firsthand.

America is a wonderful place, and I love it. I think burning its symbol is a horrible and ungrateful thing to do. I, personally, would never dream of doing that. However, just because something seems wrong to me does not mean I should try to take away someone else's right to do it.

Burning the flag is a lesser offense than taking away the right to burn it, because while burning just destroys it physically, taking away the right to burn it destroys the whole purpose behind the flag. Being able to dislike this country and then voice that opinion is part of what made this country great, why take that away? As Voltaire said, "I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Think about it.

David B. Melville

North Salt Lake