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We only need one flag -- the one at the top of the pole.

That U.S. flag signifies equal rights for everyone regardless of any personal attribute or belief. It is the responsibility of each of us to live up to those ideals, though I realize we often fail to do so.

But by flying the flag of one "group," the state is essentially sanctioning that group as being more valuable in its beliefs or attributes than other citizens of the state.

Fostering inclusivity is divisive and dismissive of others -- many who might also feel marginalized. The state should simply do a better of job of making everyone equally welcome.

Jacque Shimko, Fitchburg

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