The planning board for the upstate town of New Paltz has voted against saying the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings after one of its members called it a “total waste of time.”
Because it’s such a waste to honor one’s country.
Board Member Amy Cohen wanted the board to recite the pledge at its bi-monthly meetings.
This is a government building, we have a flag here. Personally, coming in off the street to do our governance…I feel that it helps me kind of transition.
Vice Chair Lyle Nolan demurred.
It’s a pressure type of thing, because if you don’t stand, it looks like you’re against it and I don’t think we need that. We’re all adults. We’re all here to do a job[.]
Imagine that. Government officials—all adults—feeling pressure over an expression of patriotism.
And this from Board Member Lagusta Yearwood:
…reciting an oath to the US flag “goes against the principles this country was founded on.”
Because patriotism has nothing at all to do with this country.
This has been another story in the annals of the Nanny State.