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Pirates, piracy and the pirate flag

Letter to the Editor

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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

Sonoma

  • Lank Thompson

    You know when walking the plaza you hardly noticed the darn flag. You actually have to look up. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I usually don’t walk around with my head tilted up.

  • The Village Idiot

    Agree on the need for rules of engagement. But conclusions from having eaten there twice (lunch) in hopes of making the joint a habit: The biggest act of piracy is the food and the prices, so maybe the flag is appropriate.
    IMO — & I’m no Katheleen Hill — It”s skimpy-bad bar food for such a great location and a talented chef/partner whose Meritage restaurant does a fine job. If bar food is the fare of choice, Murphy’s and Hopmonks currently have wider, deeper & cheaper (for the quantity) menus, better quality, with outdoor patios for nice weather — and less noise! We also had to work hard to get in for lunch, not because it was crowded but because on arriving for lunch at 11:45 AM on Friday we were told — along with scores of other would-be patrons — that we weren’t allowed in until Noon! People were bemused; it was like being back in high school and being told we weren’t allowed into the cafeteria before the lunch bell. B & V might lure in the tourists but if it doesn’t get its act together, it will lose the locals.