Editor, Index-Tribune:

Historically, the pirate’s flag was flown to frighten pirates’ victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement.

The usual rules of engagement – being the community standards, planning and design processes – have contributed to the very essence of the culture, look and feel of our community. Having firsthand experience going through that process, I agree it can be arduous and tedious. But without the rules of engagement, one can’t imagine how a community could thrive and maintain its character.

One may interpret that the flag conveys a warning – once you have entered Burgers & Vine, beware – you may be a victim of sorts by their prices. Is this the kind of hostile, unfriendly message the business owner, our community and the property owners wish to convey to the world?

While on the subject of this location, and as a previous chair of the Design Review Commission, I cannot understand how the commission permitted the text messages on the awnings. A beautiful building, in the best of locations, has not been enhanced, but rather has been degraded by the flag and the awnings.

Judith B. Friedman