Hat in ring for council seat
I am announcing my candidacy for Antioch City Council.
I have been a resident of this diverse Antioch community for more than eight years, and I truly enjoy living in this city. Antioch has become a stagnant city. We need leadership who has the vision for beneficial growth, thinks outside the box, is transparent and understands the complexities of fiscal responsibility. I bring new ideas, commitment, intensity, integrity, accountability and a strong desire to take on new challenges and find long-term solutions. I will represent all city residents without bias and will involve the community in the decision-making process.
I have a degree in civil engineering and a bachelor of science degree in business administration with more than 31 years of management experience working for governmental agencies. I have worked with various community groups, city commissions and boards, the City Council and the mayor's office. I have served on my homeowner's association board for four years, two years as the president. My wife and I are members of United Citizens for Better Neighborhoods (UCBN) since its inception.
My humble priority is to serve the citizens of the city of Antioch with dedication, integrity, fairness, transparency and full accountability. I encourage you to get to know me better by visiting my website, www.noelpinto.com, and communicating
Speak up in defense of flag
In the years following 9-11 and during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I have witnessed many U.S. flags that have been used and displayed with letters, words, insignia, etc., in direct violation of the United States Flag Code. To wit: "Never Forget 9-11-01;" "You Are Not Forgotten;" and "Support Our Veterans." Branch service insignia, such as those of the Marines and Navy, have been seen on the flag, too. Even photos.
This use of the flag as described is actually advertising, and is in violation of the United States Flag Code that establishes advisory rules and regulations for display and care of the flag.
Under Chapter 1, Section 8 of the code, the following prohibitions are enumerated that pertain to this particular article: The flag must not be marked with any insignia, letter, word, signature, picture or drawing. The flag may not be used for any advertising purposes; no advertising may be attached to a pole flying a flag.
Such infractions noted are, however, unenforceable pursuant to a Supreme Court decision that says any punitive action would be a violation of free speech.
What a shame. It promotes desecration and disrespect of our flag. That, however, does not mean we can't object to the perpetrator's use and abuse of the flag.
So, if you see such a display, by all means feel free to express your dismay and perhaps offer to replace the flag.
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