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La Harpe Councilman: Unpatriotic and Un-American to want torn flag replaced –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On July 17, 2016

La Harpe, IL. (ECWd) –

La Harpe, Illinois, City Councilman Kenny Foster issued a stunning rebuttal to our article claiming it was unpatriotic and un-American to post on Facebook a complaint wanting the town’s torn and tattered flag replaced.

He claims there was no thank you after he replaced the flag – but who would thank someone after being called a “media whore” and told it was wrong to “post this shit” on Facebook? Additionally, why should he be thanked for doing his job? He should thank the residents for allowing him to serve as a councilman and for speaking out about the torn and tattered flag. Instead, you get what we wrote about yesterday, with a further scathing rant today.

Kenny Foster complained about when the picture was taken, the apology to those who served for the condition of the flag, and stated it was unpatriotic and un-American to talk about it on Facebook and he thought he was being used as a pawn for chaos. I think he created his own chaos thru his unprofessional and offending remarks to those who made the complaint.

Now he says he will not tolerate how they commented on the torn and tattered flag. Is he trying to stifle free speech, does he think he can tell people what they can and cannot post on social media?


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We believe that getting a torn and tattered flag replaced is one of the most patriotic and American things a citizen can do, along with free speech, which is what it was. The original post served its purpose and caused the flag to be replaced.

We think Mr. Foster should reevaluate how he approaches criticism by citizens, and should realize he has no choice but to “tolerate” their right to speech and petitioning their government.
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  • jannie
    Posted at 12:40h, 17 July

    Mr. Foster should have just dropped the whole thing after the flag was replaced. Maybe he’s of the Old School – just put my name in the press for good or bad — I don’t know. His responses seem very unprofessional for an elected official.

  • Dave
    Posted at 14:33h, 17 July

    Why does he need thanked for doing the right thing?

  • Blah
    Posted at 18:10h, 17 July

    What a pathetic person. If this was any big town, people would be calling for him to resign after comments like that. Does he think he can get away with it because he’s from a small town? Not anymore! The Internet and the watchdogs ensure behavior like this does not get overlooked. Shame on him for allowing the flag to get like that in the first place, and then verbally attacking a community member for asking it to be fixed.

    If he was smart, maybe he would schedule it to be replaced every year or two as needed. Would be a simple fix to this problem.