Sam Hall: Flag issue defining our state leaders

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, caused a tempest this week when he announced support for changing the state flag. Since then, many a politician have spoken on the issue, many more have stayed noticeable quiet. Only few have shown the courage of their convictions as Gunn did.

Let me be clear: those supporting a change in the state flag are not the only brave ones. No, those who have come out in favor of keeping the state flag and made a clearly reasonable argument why are just as brave. I personally disagree with the positions of Sens. Chris McDaniel and Melanie Sojourner, but they stood up and said they didn’t support changing the flag. They weren’t ambiguous, and they didn’t pass the buck. That takes political courage….

…It’s a simple question, but it’s amazing how many people are ducking our inquiries, have refused to answer or who say they still need to think about it. While some issues are complicated and worthy of more reflection, this is not one of them. It’s an ages old issue with no new arguments to make.