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Bubblehead: Can’t Always Lower Flag

From Bubblehead's Facebook wall: "For my friends who are shocked and horrified that President Obama didn't order the flag half-masted for Ambassador Black, or for Chris Kyle last year: Do you expect the flag to be half-masted for all former ambassadors and those who earned the Silver Star, or only particularly famous ones? If for all, do you realize how many people in those categories die each year, and that the flag would probably never be at full mast if we honored people in such categories consistently?"

Question: When should a flag be flown at half staff?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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