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UPLACE: A case of ri”duck”ulous priorities

Letter by Stephen W. Smith, University Place on April 10, 2012 at 11:18 am with 35 Comments »
April 10, 2012 12:43 pm

Having a flagpole in front of the University Place Civic Center takes away from the beauty of the duck sculpture, to the point where we cannot, as a community, “enjoy” that pierce of art? Why should our nation’s symbol, which is in front of nearly every city hall and public building in the country, be considered of less civic importance than the duck sculpture?

With respect to the Reim family, it is the American flag that should be proudly displayed and not the duck, which should be moved inside the building or to another location.

Raise the flag! Move the duck!

Leave a comment Comments → 35
  1. Why not put a flag pole in the same circle of concrete with the duck. I do not think a 50 foot flap pole will distrct from the broze duck.

  2. Why not put a flag pole in the same circle of concrete with the duck. I do not think a 50 foot flap pole will distract from the bronze duck.

  3. isparrow says:

    I strongly agree with Stephen Smith on this matter. Since the city council has already shown a dislike of the flag pole being “too near” the duck, the duck should be moved to make a proper place for our national emblem, the American flag. Given the make-up of the current city council it is especially disquieting that the flag is not being shown more respect. Four of the council members have been in the military these include Chris Nye, Kent Keel, Eric Choiniere, and Javier Figuero. This matter would not even be before the council were it not for Javier’s bold efforts. Mayor pro-tem, Denise McCluskey works at JBLM and we have many retired and current military in our community
    isparrow

  4. Moving a flag pole is far less costly than moving a large sculpture.

  5. aislander says:

    How much less costly would it have been if there were no duck? Bet THAT would have filled a pothole or two…

    Of course, when the UP “traffic-calming” fetish reaches its natural conclusion, there will be no streets left in which potholes could reside. All that will remain are bike paths with a speed limit of “0.”

  6. Move the pole! Its worrisome to the duck and may increase the risk of damage to its reproducktive habitat.

  7. Frankenchrist says:

    Mittens Romney was for moving the duck before he was against it but then he changed his mind after reversing his position.

    If Romney had a duck would he force it to ride on the roof of his car?

    Speaking of cars, how many ducks can Romney fit in all his Cadillacs?

    Speaking of Cadillacs, how many people did Romney fire today?

    Speaking of today, how many times will Romney flip-flop before sundown?

  8. harleyrider1 says:

    This is exactly a picture of University Place. One blogger talking about Cadillac’s and the Council more concerned about a “duck” sculpture than our Country’s flag.

    What year did our Country’s symbol, when U.S. soldiers are coming home dead or maimed, become secondary to anything? Our neighbors – not just the two largest bases in the area – but our neighbor next door, our business folks – they all know or have family members in these foreign countries.

    I would bet Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and even North Korea would not put their flag second to anything.

    America never did. But then I am a Marine.

  9. By the way frankenstein…lets remember that your savior Oh-Bummer is against everything EXCEPT blaming the previous administration for everything he hasnt done.

  10. Why does every discussion have to turn into a political name-calling contest?

  11. “Why does every discussion have to turn into a political name-calling contest?”

    Because LocalLiberalLunatics like Frankenstein have to insert their insanity and the rest of us call them on it. What this duck story has to do with Mitt Romney completely escapes me. The article could have been about twinkies and plums in a bowl of cream cheese and some local liberal doofus would have to inject their snide remarks that reveal their fear that their savior might be out of a job next January.

    And I will again insert my support for “harleyriders” observation of the disgraceful fashion that entertaining the idea that a sculpture of a duck should take precedence over the display of the flag of this nation. Where else but this LocalLiberalCesspool!

  12. Remember: The UP Library project cost $50 million so far and it is still not complete. So keep talking about the ducks and flag pole as the price tag for this political mistake made by amateur politicians posing as commercial real estate developers reaches towards $75 million or more, plus all the lost tax tax revenues.

    This huge $50 million waste is a great issue for the local Tea Party, but not surprisingly, they are no where to be seen.

  13. Dave98373 says:

    “Why does every discussion have to turn into a political name-calling contest?”

    Because some folks have nothing else to share in this forum other than their strong and very biased political views of which they share nothing other than lame, ill-informed, and mentally disturbed issues that spreads hate, disinformation and class-warfare that benefits no one. Back to the issue…UPLACE is a disaster…they have wasted taxpayers money and the citizens of UP are to blame for electing them.

  14. sandblower says:

    Go to the UP City Council meetings and discover all the details before you comment and become an idiot in front of everyone.
    As a vet, I lean toward the flag, but I’m willing to learn. Why not let donations pay for it un-named.

  15. I like the duck. Although it is strange that there is no flag infront of City Hall.

  16. scott0962 says:

    Does the duck symbolize that University Place’s municipal government is being run by quacks?

  17. Members of the AMA are in charge of UPlace?

  18. Wouldn’t the flag fit very nicely up the ducks gazoo?

  19. ….Or up Velmaks….with a twist.

  20. And scott0962 gets the comment award of the day!

  21. velmak – I’m not a Veteran so I can’t speak for them but, from my civilian standpoint, I’m thinking that displaying a flag coming out of a duck’s gazoo wouldn’t necessarily be seen as the most patriotic display…..

  22. I see my attempt at humor was under-appreciated. I meant no disrespect for the flag, only for the duck and the quacks at City Hall.

  23. Am I to understand that you under-appreciated my attempt at humor?

  24. hellbntrn says:

    Our city counsel members should be ashamed. What’s even worse is I voted for some of them. At least Javier had enough national pride to stand up for what he believes in. Political correctness has run-a-muck, erect our National symbol where it belongs and lose the duck.

  25. hellbntrn! You’re not going to get very far around here with such honest, pro-American, anti-Socialist, politically IN-correct, subversive comments like that in this LiberalCesspool!

  26. Political correctness has run-a-muck, erect our National symbol where it belongs

    Actually “erect our National symbol where it belongs” is an expression of political correctness – there is no pc aspect to mounting a duck.

    btw – “where it belongs” is usually in front of a federal building – like a post office or a ranger station (that is how I find those buildings when I’m new in town).

    And…love how this has turned into some sort of anti-Veterans issue when “Four of the council members have been in the military these include Chris Nye, Kent Keel, Eric Choiniere, and Javier Figuero”

    Really – your flag wavers seem to be looking for reasons to be offended. I never knew that being a patriot meant you had such a tendency towards victimhood.

  27. “Actually,“erect our National symbol where it belongs” is an expression of political correctness – there is no pc aspect to mounting a duck.”

    Beerboy….You sir are a sick sick man! QUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK! :D

  28. “Really, your flag wavers seem to be looking for reasons to be offended. I never knew that being a patriot meant you had such a tendency towards victimhood.”

    I’m the biggest flag waver of them all BB, AND a veteran (even if that might offend Kluwer and LornaDoneCookieLady!!) but I’m not “offended” at all by people who desecrate our national colors, whether it be its honor and symbolism, or the physical image of the flag…….

    ….I just think they are ungrateful, self-centered IDIOTS.

  29. You sir are a sick sick man! QUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    I was pretty confident that you would note the double entendre.

  30. hellbntrn says:

    Dcr628 thanks. I’ll take that as a compliment. As for you losers out there that can’t wait for the next topic in discussion to come along so that you will have a moment in the cyberworld spotlight, get off your ass and actually do something for your country other than complain! This issue is all about national pride. As for you liberal haters, just stay home and don’t waste your time with the political process this year. We the proud are taking our country back and sending the biggest liberal hater back to you.

  31. you liberal haters,

    I’m assuming that you are counting yourself amongst the haters of liberals (“liberal haters”).

    National pride is not so fragile (hopefully) as to be in any way threatened by the placement of a flag pole in the UP Civic Center….or at least not my sense of national pride….perhaps for you “liberal haters” who are chomping at the bit for some of that cyber-spotlight it is, but not for me.

  32. aislander says:

    beerBoy: I’m actually champing at the bit to express my pique at not being included in your tabulation of annoyances in that other thread. I love to annoy lefties!

  33. mea culpa!

  34. aislander says:

    That should have read “figuratively champing at the bit,” since, aside from occasional role playing, there’s no actual bit, and when there is, it’s worn by Madame Dominique, not me.

    I’m the one with the quirt…

  35. And I’m the one that has the mind stuck in the Freudian allusions! (though yours seems more out of the literature penned by the Marquis de Sade than your basic psychoanalytic myths about cigars and such).

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