I would like to express my opinion about the governor of New Jersey, who ordered flags to fly at half-staff for Whitney Houston.

Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff is for veterans’ services, not for a private citizen such as she was. She was not a veteran of the Armed Services, only a veteran of her own doings.

She did have a beautiful voice and made her family proud, but she did not deserve the flag flying at half-staff.

The governor of New Jersey made a real error.

Myrtle Cadenelli, Norway

Editor’s note: In addition to honoring veterans, the Flag Code permits governors to lower the flag to observe the death of a political leader or government official.

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