As I stood in the fresh mourning air waiting for Max, I noticed all the buses going down the mall had a flag decal on them. I spoke to two fare inspectors and a
driver and they all assured me that the decals have been on all the buses since shortly after 9/11. I called tri-met to lodge a complaint/suggestion.
I explained that I felt under the circumstances, since a war is going on, and a flag displayed more commonly represents support for the war, that I felt it was a one-sided political remark on tri-met's part to have a flag decal on all the buses. I pointed out that the buses are public transportation and not armed military vehicles. I , as a tax paying citizen do not appreciate city vehicles being used as a political statement supporting an unjust war. And if they are carrying that sentiment, than equal time needs to be given to the anti-war side.
I was told that they were placed on the buses because of 9/11, even though,I don't remember seeing a flag on every single bus until this mourning. My reasoning is that 9/11 is over, and now the flag hanging represents pro-war sentiments. So I feel that if they want to display the flag, that they should also put a peace sign decal next to the flag decal to make an equal statement.After all, if they are receiving federal funding they need to represent all tax payers,not just pro-war folks.
I would like to hear peoples opinions on this? What does the flag decal on tri-met buses symbolize in your mind.The people I spoke to this mourning, seemed shocked that I would dare suggest such an idea. Are you shocked?