Most of the world knows entertainer Whitney Houston died last week. I, along with millions of others, were saddened by the passing of such an amazingly talented woman. Most would agree with you that she was a special kind of woman, with a voice that was truly a gift. However, ordering all state and American flags to fly at half-staff today; the day of her funeral, was a horrible idea and truly disrespectful. Last year, you did the same thing when saxophone player, Clarence Clemons passed away. And lest we forget, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno's passing. Seriously? As an American, I take great offense to such irresponsibility, lack of tact, and clear abuse of power that was exhibited.
The honor of flags being lowered to half-staff should be reserved to those who have perished as a result of public duty, our service men and women who are out there protecting our nation and the Constitution, and for those who served as formal leaders and dignitaries. NOT for celebrities. With all due respect to Whitney Houston, what exactly did she contribute to this country to merit such an elite and respected accolade that is or is supposed to be reserved for servicemen and women, public servants, presidents and other dignitaries alike? She was an entertainer for godsakes! Yes her death was a true tragedy. I get that. And I don't belittle her accomplishments but to put her and the others in the same category as those that serve in military or public servants is such a ridiculous concept to me! Not to mention a slap in the face to those families of wounded officers, or the widows/widowers/children and loved ones they have left behind.
I realize that my words will do nothing to change matters or make a difference to your audacity. But it will make me feel better. And it will give voice to those that are perhaps not able to convey to you what utter disrespect your actions have wrought.
Shame on you Governor, shame on you.
One Pissed-off American