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To the Editor:

I was disappointed to read the recent letter from the Republican Club of Atlantic Highlands regarding raising and lowering the American flag.  I am mystified as to why they chose to manufacture that issue during a time of a pandemic and massive protests against racial injustice and police brutality.  

Why not take a stand on something of importance?  Public health officials agree that one of the best ways to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask in public places.  Yet the Republican president, who has promised to keep Americans safe, refuses to wear a mask and has not promoted the wearing of masks.  Furthermore, he is going forward with mass rallies against the advice of infectious disease experts.  Why not comment on those issues?

As for the protests against racial injustice and police brutality, the club would have wanted to lower the flag for George Floyd, but couldn't because it was already lowered for COVID-19 victims.  That would have been no more than a token symbolic gesture.  And the comment that the protests are for "that one murder" was far more than tone deaf.  I think it was totally deaf.

I voted for all four elected officials who signed the club's letter because I thought they would do a good job on local matters.  And for the most part, I think they have.  But on current State and national issues I find their concerns to be both bizarre and appalling.  It reaffirms my decision two and one half years ago to resign from the Republican party.

James Krauss
Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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