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- How not to display the American
- Recently curb address numbers were painted on our streets.
One of the options was to have a flag painted in the gutter with
your street number. I was appalled! Note the street sweeper marks
across the flag! Who would show such disrespect for the American
Flag? Not a past candidate for mayor, surely!
- The code for proper flag display
is here. It is strongly suggested that you read the code
and refer to it in your debate.
- Another prominent citizen who thinks that the gutter is a
proper place for displaying the flag:
- (Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday November 19, 2001.)
You are the only person I know that would lie to your neighbor
and than blatantly post the picture you did not take on your
web site. If anyone should be appalled, it should be your neighbors.
For you to continue your arrogant, disrespectful behavior is
beyond me. I believe you owe all of your neighbors an apology.
I believe the flag proudly displayed by the house number shows
a great deal of patriotism, something surely lacking by others.
First, I did not lie. I did not take a photo of their home
at that time. The trash was not out that day. I was just out
taking pictures of damage done to mail boxes so that the USPS
would repair them. But her ranting did give me the idea, which
until that point in time, I hadn't thought of.
Secondly, this isn't just ANY neighbor, but one who has pretentions
of running for mayor and claims to understand flag display etiquette
well enough to govern City Hall. It is one who likes to complain
ad nauseum about the most trivial things his neighbor, the Mayor
of Milpitas, does that he doesn't happen to agree with. If he
can't take the heat, Ed should stay out of the kitchen.
...:... Ann Zeise ...:...
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I believe that all Milpitas citizens should see the caliber of
the arguments presented, and judge for themselves.
Other Letters to the Webmaster
Subject: Flag Trash Talk
Date: Friday, December 21, 2001
Miss Zeise, as you show on your website in the clip above,
you don't seem to extend the same courtesy to others that you
ask of people in your clip below, which also is from your website.
If you had, I certainly would have asked for your permission
before copying and pasting these items into this e-mail. Yes,
I did read your FAQ's, and I certainly believe in copyrights
in the digital age. I also believe in the freedom from censorship
of content on the internet, but along with that freedom comes
an acceptance of responsibility for your content.
As I develop this site from my home, I do not wish to place my
home address or phone number on the web. I am listed in the Santa
Clara/ San Jose phone book.
Let me draw your attention to the photo below.
[No photo enclosed]
I do believe that if you are going to start throwing words
and pictures around the internet "trashing" fellow
Milpitas residents patriotism, and calling attention to their
address, then maybe you should get yourself checked for dyslexia
first. Looks like something at #### Grand Teton is affecting
your senses of right and left, and in my opinion, your judgment.
Since you seem so picture-happy with the curb address of one
neighbor, why don't you post pictures of ALL of the curbs of
Milpitas residents who showed that small gesture of patriotism?
Tell all of them how "appalled" you are, and see what
kind of reaction you get. I welcome you to put this e-mail on
your GOMILPITAS website, but I don't believe you will.
In a message dated 12/27/01 12:08:09 PM, email@example.com
<< Dear Misinformed Ann Zeise,
I am emailing you again with no anticipation of a reply from
of you...you see cowards & busy bodies like you never confront
directly, they just hide behind a web site or email program.
If you are so appauled(s.b.)appalled by the disrespect shown
Glory, then why have you not attacked the newspapers that print
of our beloved flag...I would much rather see a flag replica
alongside street curb numbers than see a flag reprint in a newspaper
where the final destination of said flag is either to line a
birdcage or trashcan and ultimately end up in a refuse dump.
It seems to
me those curbside flags are showing pride not disrespect. Also,
are so appauled(s.b.appalled) by these curbside paintings, then
don't you go before City Council and ask them to stop this practise,
afterall I am sure the homeowner is not out there painting the
themselves...someone is providing this service and the City of
is allowing them to do this.
Stop kissing Henry's ass, get your head out of the gutters
and do something relevant to this city...not attacking a neighbor.
paraphrase Rodney King "Cant' we all just get along"
Milpitas, CA 95035 >>
My reply, 12/28/01
I did confront the fellow on skates who was going around painting
the curbs. I refused to have the flag painted in the gutter,
and chose instead to have Neighborhood Watch and Safe House logos
painted there instead. I was just surprised that others who honor
the flag as I do would even consider to put the image of our
Nation in such a place. I believe we have a "curb your dog"
ordinance in this town, and to have the flag in the same place
as dog poop does not show respect. (Actually, I think dog walkers
are expected to bag the poop and despose of it properly, but
curbing will do in a pinch. As the neighbor in question has a
dog, I believe they are well aware of this.)
Yes, many flags have been printed in publications that also
wind up in the trash, but I have also seen some of them displayed
in car, house and business windows since Sept 11. I really doubt
anyone used the print images for a litter box or bird cage or
even thouight of doing so unless they had severe mental problems.
Where did you get this idea?
Both Henry and Trish Dixon apparently agree with me, as they
did not get flags painted in the gutters outside their homes.
I cannot speak for other members of city council, as I have not
seen their homes lately. I did not consult with any member of
city council over this matter. The opinions express are my own,
after reading the US Flag code which clearly states:
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States
b. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the
ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
e. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored
in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or
damaged in any way.
As a flag in the gutter is clearly "on the ground"
and very likely to come in contact with water, the paintings
are against this part of the code. It is also subject to being
"soiled" from street sweeping efforts, mud splashing
from nearby traffic, or other means.
...:... Ann Zeise ...:...
Hi Ann -
We will ask nicely one more time.... Please remove the picture
story from your website immediately. While it is certainly a
of your incredible ignorance, it also is an invasion of our privacy
as a possible act of libel as we stated in the attached e-mail
Ed & Laura R.
PS - I have contacted Yahoo! to inform them of what you have
----- Original Message -----
From: "94301" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "Sherry Richersen" <email@example.com>;
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2001 5:50 PM
Subject: Photo on website
> Hi Ann -
> It has been brought to our attention that a picture of our
home appears on
> your website along with some disparaging copy regarding
our respect for
> flag. It appears that you may be ignorant of a couple of
> 1.) There is no United States flag nor depiction of a United
> next to the house number painted on our curb. Like numbers
> in front of thousands of homes throughout the United States,
ours has a
> patriotic stars and stripes design. There are not fifty
stars and not 13
> stripes and, in fact, the stripes are diagonal. Most people
> this. Obviously, you do not. There are numerous places you
> an American flag looks like, including your own website.
> 2.) We are private citizens, not public figures, and therefore
> protected by the slander and libel laws of the State of
> Websites, especially ones with the huge number of "hits"
you claim to have
> on yours, have the potential for considerable liability
for those who
> publish them.
> Since #1 makes your picture and article ludicrous and #2
exposes you to
> legal action, I would highly suggest that you remove both
> Happy Holidays,
> Ed & Laura R
My reply December 29, 2001
Why should Yahoo possibly care? The site is not located on
Your name is not connected with the photo, nor what street
it is on.
You declare you are proud of the flag painted there, so it
can't be libelous. I merely pointed out that SOMEONE painted
the flag there by their trash collection, someone who once ran
for mayor. It would only be slanderous if I named you and said
some untruth. Unfortunately, the flag really is painted there,
and you are not named. I edited your email to show only your
last initial so only those who happen to know "Ed &
Laura R" could possibly figure out who the painted flag
The photo stays.
...:... Ann Zeise ...:...
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