IN HIS Oct. 25 op-ed “Lawmakers, don’t focus on fluff,’’ Richard Tisei, minority leader of the state Senate, chided the governor and the Legislature for focusing on inconsequential legislation during this economic crisis, instead of “working around the clock doing everything possible to . . . make state government run more efficiently.’’ He cited a number of examples of these so-called inconsequential bills. As a lifelong Democrat, I have to say I found many of Tisei’s points to be valid and not entirely unfair. Imagine my surprise then, upon learning in a different section of last Sunday’s paper (“GOP lawmakers push for lessons on flag,’’ New England in brief, Metro) that Senator Tisei and his four Republican Senate colleagues have filed a bill to require schools to teach students on “the proper etiquette’’ and correct use and display of the American flag. Don’t get me wrong - I would love all children, including my own, to learn more about our flag. But is this what Senator Tisei means when he urges the Legislature to convene an “emergency session’’ and do “everything we can to promote job growth and get the state’s economy back on track’’?
Douglas S. Brown