Lives threatened in Idaho town's 'out-of-hand' flag dispute

Lives threatened in Idaho town's 'out-of-hand' flag dispute

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by KREM.com

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Posted on May 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Updated Saturday, May 22 at 6:00 PM

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KELLOGG, Idaho -- The fight is escalating in Kellogg over an American flag, a memorial and a "Tree City USA" flag. 

Originally, the City of Kellogg was awarded with the urban forestry "Tree City USA" flag, and the City Council decided to fly the flag beneath the American flag in Kellogg's city park.

This upset some veterans, and the council chose to remove the American flag, and move a veterans memorial that was beneath the flagpole.

This week, a group of people and local veterans took it upon themselves to remove the "Tree City USA" flag, and replace it with the American flag.

Thursday morning, the city went back and removed the American flag, leaving no flag flying in the park.

Now the City Council says the dispute is getting out of hand.  One city council member says a couple of veterans threatened to shoot members of the council.  Kellogg's Chief of Police also says the people who removed the "Tree City USA" flag could be cited with trespassing.

City council member Dennis Norris says the council has no intention to offend the veterans.

"We had a veteran or two that threatened to shoot the council and the mayor. Now we kind of took that personal. That's above and beyond. I would like to express the old adage, 'you can't fight City Hall.'  But that adage is completely untrue. You can fight City Hall but you cannot do it in this manner threatening to shoot somebody," said Norris.
 
People upset about the flag have signed a recall petition in an effort to remove the City Council and the Mayor. The council is expected to have a meeting on Monday to make a final decision about what will fly on the flagpole.

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