Editor’s Scratchpad

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Remember 9-11-01

Our eagle should
be on war ‘footing’

If you look on the back of a dollar bill, or any other place displaying the Great Seal of the United States, you'll see the American eagle with an olive branch in its right claw and a sheaf of arrows in its left. Traditionally, the eagle faces to the right during peacetime and to the left in wartime.

With President Bush and the vast majority of the nation asserting that the U.S. has entered a "war on terrorism," the head of the eagle should be turned to the left to gaze at the arrows. It would be a small gesture but it would reflect the resolve of the nation.

We suggest that someone in Hawaii's congressional delegation or the leaders of the Republican Party in Hawaii bring this to the attention of the proper authorities in Washington.

--Richard Halloran

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