Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Town right not to fly Pride flag
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 16 Jun 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Re: Town accused of racism for not flying Pride flag (June 7 Independent & Free Press). Personal preference is not an issue of national, provincial or municipal importance, unless you are conducting a marketing survey. Gay and lesbian lifestyles are a personal preference. Terry Fox did not contract cancer by personal preference, but, through compassion for others who may and did go through what he did, chose to do something to benefit society. Canadian soldiers who took part in liberating Holland 1945 did so out of national pride and duty to benefit society. I prefer uncola drinks, others may prefer cola drinks and, oh yes, then there is Dr. Pepper. Should we fly soft drink flags to celebrate our personal preferences. No! Canadian society is the most accepting in the world, be it on issues of national origins, religious preference and lifestyles. If the parties involved are not happy with the response of Halton Hills council, then don't live here. Go to other countries and see how your demands for social change are accepted. I applaud council's decision on this issue, for not being influenced by badgering from Halton Pride. The problem with accepting some minorities to equality (which is proper) is that they then want to have special rights and privileges above those who have graciously accepted them as equal. To Mr. Domenic Padula (of Halton Pride), I say, "Be thankful that here in Canada we have the social structure which enables us to have our own personal preferences and quit with the flag-waving!" Kenneth Asseltine, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor...Town right not to fly Pride flag