Footnotes of an America United

And now these footnotes to the story of America united.

We have told you in previous broadcasts about Long Island cable news director Pat Dolan's decision not to allow employees to display the American flag.  Now Dolan's brother James, president of the station's parent company, Cablevision, is distributing 24,000 flags to the company's employees. 

James Dolan says he disagrees with his brother's decision, but won't override it.  He says Cablevision supports the use of the flag by the company and its employees.  But broadcasters on Long Island's channel 12 still may not wear flag pins or ribbons on the air. 

No such expressions of regret at the University of North Carolina, which held a Monday night teach-in titled: "Understanding the Attack on America: An Alternative View."  Faculty member William Blum said: "If I were President Bush, I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and the impoverished and all the millions of other victims of American imperialism.  I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90 percent."

Other speakers claimed that the calamity was cooked up by a war-hungry military industrial complex and that the best wartime parallel was not Pearl Harbor, but the Nazi torching of the Reichstag in 1933.

In Boca Raton, Florida, an elementary schoolteacher has been suspended for her attempts to get students to cope with the September 11 bombings.  Patricia Bowes asked students to express themselves in drawings.  Then, prompted by a student's question about hijacking, she demonstrated how to slit a throat.  She says that she gently pulled back a boy's head, then drew a flute-like musical instrument, a recorder, across the youngster's throat.  Authorities say things really got out of hand after that.  Bowes says, "It was maybe two or three seconds, and the kids just went back to drawing."

Three Middle Eastern men, one an American citizen, were kicked off a Northwest flight Thursday from Minneapolis.  They say other passengers refused to fly with them.  The three men arrived in Minneapolis to catch a flight to Salt Lake City and say they were questioned at length before being allowed to board.  Then Northwest forced them off the flight after the other passengers refused to fly with them.  The three say the event was depressing and they feel discriminated against.  Delta flew the three home on another flight.  A Northwest spokesman told a Salt Lake City TV station, it is very unfortunate it came to that, but they had to respect the other passengers' concerns.