|September 11, 2014, approximately 4:00 p.m.|
Your exact role at this business is reported variably depending on the source, but it's clear that you have substantial authority there. The DE website does not mention any owner or controlling entity by name and neither does the corresponding Secretary of State franchise page (officers and directors information is missing), but your own LinkedIn profile describes you as DE Flooring's "President". I've heard people verbally refer to your relationship to this business in ownership terms (partial vs. full ownership not specified), and when I signed a small services contract with DE Flooring about a year ago, you were explicitly described to me as "the man in charge". As such, it would appear that you are the authority who would be in the position to make administrative decisions such as flag-lowering.
|Screengrabbed from this site.|
|All public offices and most local businesses did lower their flags, however. About three minutes after I took the above photo of DE Flooring, I took this one of ACU of Texas' League City branch, which has established an unfailing local reputation for its tasteful displays of patriotism.|
|While DE Flooring's flags were at full staff late yesterday afternoon, this is what was going on a short distance away. |
Image courtesy of the City of League City.
|Screengrabbed from this campaign page.|
It saddens me that your business did not lower its flags yesterday. I may be the first to publish this question, but I cannot possibly be the only League City resident who noticed those flags. By not participating in the national observance of Patriot Day, you will give additional ammunition to those of the more extreme voices in the conversation who are quick to seize upon any perceived negative development to support their fears and distrust of other cultures, especially those that they believe are associated with Islam. They're going to say things like (paraphrasing), "WTF?? This guy named Abdul Al-Sahli is running for office and he had the nerve not to observe 9/11? See?? I've been telling you all along that these people are not really with us!" Even if accidental, this type of outcome hardly seems consistent with your own stated campaign intentions.
I hope you will address this question, not to me, not to this blog post, but to those who deserve your response - the good people of League City, Texas.
|On top of everything else we've got going on locally, yesterday was not an "ordinary" 9/11 anniversary - it had a larger sadness component than those in recent memory. All of America is increasingly anxious because, every single day, there is a new news story documenting the burgeoning power of the group known as Islamic State. We don't know what will happen, but we know that thousands of people have already died, and thousands more will surely die, with or without the planned American airstrikes. |
I could not get done with work in time for League City's memorial service yesterday, but I did pause to face these half-staff flags in front of another City Hall about 50 miles from here. I stopped to pay my respects and to say a small prayer for international peace. I also pray that we can reach a better state on our local level, a state in which we can all understand each other more deeply than we obviously do today.