From April 4-11, Gov. Susana Martinez ordered flags around the state to be flown at half staff for child abuse awareness and cited a couple recent abuse cases in Northern New Mexico in a release sent out to media explaining the decision.
Some feel she was in the wrong and U.S. flag protocol was infringed on.
Here is a letter published in Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor section of The New Mexican from Taos resident S.R. Bryant:
The U.S. flag at half staff? The federal protocol on U.S. flags says it is only for commemorating a death, and it is very specific about what powers the state governors have in ordering it lowered. They all pertain to death — not to raising awareness of child abuse in New Mexico.
I think our governor has overstepped her authority. My question is, why didn’t any of her staff tell her, or does she think that federal laws do not apply to her?
— S. R. Bryant, Taos
And this from the Gov.’s news release earlier this month on the decision:
“Leland Valdez and Breandra Pena were two beautiful children whose lives ended tragically due to senseless child abuse. Unfortunately, there are many more children across New Mexico who have been victims of violence and neglect. I have ordered flags to be flown at half staff in honor of all of these victims as we work to end.” — Gov. Susana Martinez
What do you think?