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Letter: Pledge of Allegiance flap is much ado about nothing

Maus writes, "I served four years in the U.S. Army and have served on several boards, some of which recited the pledge and some that did not. Never did the saying of the pledge or the decision not to say the pledge ever affect any decision that I made or anything that I said while serving on a board."

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I have followed the debate regarding the Pledge of Allegiance as it has unfolded. In some ways, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, it is much ado about nothing.

I served four years in the U.S. Army and have served on several boards, some of which recited the pledge and some that did not. Never did the saying of the pledge or the decision not to say the pledge ever affect any decision that I made or anything that I said while serving on a board. I suspect this is true of almost everyone who has ever served on a board. In fact, I wonder if people even know what boards recite the pledge and which do not.

As one who is probably overly concerned with the manner in which many boards waste time, requiring adults to recite the pledge seems unnecessary. You either support the values recited in the pledge or you do not.

That said, I am OK with boards saying the pledge. I am also okay with boards not saying the pledge. It is something that should be decided by those serving on that particular board and the rest of us should either accept that or run for the board.

Michael J. Maus lives in Fargo.

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