Originally created 02/05/01

New Georgia flag badly designed

For the seventh time in 122 years Georgia has changed its flag. What stands out in Georgia's history is ramming various flag designs through without much thought or securing the support of the people. This time was no exception.

Via strong-arm tactics of Gov. Roy Barnes and bowing to pressure from the NAACP, the House and Senate went for a quick-fix solution that produced a flag of questionable design.

For instance, no other state has to label their equivalent of "Georgia History" on their flags. Their symbols are powerful enough to stand alone. The "Betsy Ross" flag was flown mostly in the northern colonies during the Revolution and only for a short time as the national flag. (The flag in the film The Patriot was historically incorrect for the time and place of the setting.)

Use of the current national flag on a state banner is inappropriate, and perhaps restricted by federal protocol. This design uses only three of the six former state flags. Why? The 13 stars around the Seal of Georgia apparently represent the 13. Although Georgia was one of them, this symbolism is suited for federal use.

This flag was supposed to reflect the great heritage of Georgia. It is clear that the designer and those who support it don't even know what it is.

Ken Gott, Evans

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