I beg to differ on the opinions stated by the writer of "Recycling poster offensive" (letter, Aug. 13), on the supposed offensive nature of a poster that features an American flag made of recycled materials. He states that it’s a travesty to display the flag in such a manner. The real travesty is the missed point.

If the flag represents everything that the major is here fighting for, why is he stuck on the item itself instead of what it represents? And since when is recycling trash and creating something new from the debris a travesty? Is this not an excellent metaphor for the war itself?

I can’t think of anything better or more noble than rebuilding and creating a symbol of freedom and liberty from something that used to be worthy of the trash can.

The saying goes, "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure." If one considers the poster trash, that’s great, but I choose to take it as the treasure it really is — it’s still my country’s flag, no matter what materials are used.

Cmdr. Kristin BarnesCamp Arifjan, Kuwait

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