2014-01-23 / Front Page

Veteran stages flag protest

U.S. Army veteran Lou Cordero was spending much of Friday showing the American flag in front of Mariposa's Mountain Crisis Services office.

The auto mechanic said he disagreed with the service agency's decision not to fly the flag this past Monday as part of a local Girl Scout troop's holiday observance.

"I'll be here until they go home today," Cordero said around 11 a.m. on Friday. "And I may be back on Monday."

Joining Cordero for the sidewalk protest was his mother, Nancy Cordero.

Cordero, a U.S. Army veteran, served in Bosnia and Korea during his eight years of service, his mother said.

Cordero also donated $120 to the local Girl Scouts' flag display program, he said.

 

Lou Cordero and mom Nancy Cordero marched with the American flag along Highway 140 in Mariposa on Friday, Jan. 24.Lou Cordero and mom Nancy Cordero marched with the American flag along Highway 140 in Mariposa on Friday, Jan. 24.

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Proud of Mtn. Crisis Services

Proud of Mtn. Crisis Services for what they do for the community; a friend or family member might need their services one day. Proud of Lou for his love of country and his service in the military. Proud of his passion. Proud of our country and the rights that we all have to express ourselves. God Bless America!

The Girl Scouts, Lou, and the

The Girl Scouts, Lou, and the rest of the over-zealot people of Mariposa need to take a step back and remember what this country was founded on. Freedom. We all have the freedom to choose to fly or not to fly a flag. It is in our Constitution and if the United States Government mandated that each and everyone one of you flew a flag in front of your house at your own expense, you would likely protest over that as well. The flag is a symbol, not a deity. The flag symbolizes the greatness this country was founded on, and by protesting over this type of freedom of choice you are going against every letter the founding founders drafted in our beloved document. Maybe ,Lou and fellow picketers, you don't know anyone unfortunate enough to have to use the services of Mountain Crisis, but for everyone in Mariposa who does reflect upon the people they help, the children the provide for at Christmas time, the battered women they shelter from abusing men. They put their safety and well being at risk for the good of members of our own community and what do they get in response, some Media Hungry Protestors and Journalist Bloodhounds who seek 15 minutes of fame at the expense of the less fortunate. What have the Girls Scouts done for anyone lately? Out of the $19M in cookies they sold in 2011, not a dime went to charity, the troops or any good towards the community. The girl scouts are self serving. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for this behavior and disservice you have done to your community and this selfless organization.

I am not concerned about the

I am not concerned about the Mountain Crisis people not donating the $20 to the Girl Scouts although that is surely a worthy cause. What does upset me is that they are worried it might upset some client seeking their services. That is absolute nonsense. According to the Gazette, they are funded by three different levels of U.S. Government and they receive charitable donations also. If someone wants to take advantage of the U.S. citizens' largesse, then they can accept the presence of the American flag which is a symbol of this great country. The Mountain Crisis directors have shown very poor judgment and moral cowardice in this matter. Shame!

I think that Debbie made a

I think that Debbie made a good point. I drove past this protest on Friday and my first reaction was concern. Here is a big, angry looking guy stomping back and forth in front of an organization that, among other things, provides a safe haven for women who are hiding from their abusive partners. I found it intimidating, and I am not even a battered woman. I can only imagine what it looked like to a woman who had reason to fear men. I wonder if there is some more constructive way that Mr. Cordero could display his patriotism rather than potentially scaring people.

I agree. It looked pretty

I agree. It looked pretty threatening to me to see them there. But Lou has the right to carry the flag whereever he wants. And I have the right to say he looks like a thug when he's doing it just in front of Mtn Crisis. I think people underestimate the amount of anti-govt sentiment in our county. I heard there are people who get treated at JCF's ER who get freaked out when asked to fill out paperwork because they don't want the "govt" knowing about them. But regardless - I don't care WHY Mtn Crisis chose not to participate or WHY they chose not to fly that flag. That is their right to do or not do. The nasty article in the paper and people's reaction to it say to me that too many people define freedom as "you doing what I want you do do".

It takes courage to stand

It takes courage to stand above the opinions of men and Lou and Nancy certainly march to their own drummer - Thanks to Lou and other veterans like him, we are a free nation! . . . and, obviously, his parents stand with him.

Mountain Crisis does a lot of

Mountain Crisis does a lot of good work in the community. I hope the battered women and children weren't afraid of someone protesting outside. Mountain Crisis is in need of donations. They can't take the money that was donated and granted for their clients and give it to the Girl Scouts for a flag.

Mountain Crisis is funded by

Mountain Crisis is funded by our Federal, State, and County coffers. To use a lame excuse such as people not wanting to use the services they provide because a US Flag is flying outside, please, give me a break! We live in the United Staes of America, where Old Glory stands for Freedom not FEAR! God bless Lou and his Mother and everyone who stands with them.

Thank you Lou, The flag

Thank you Lou, The flag program will purchase some New Flags. Thank you so much. Our Girl Scouts just sent 14 packages to Afghanistan to our soldiers and it cost us $140.20 for the fourteen Boxes the same day this happened. We appreciate EVERYTHING THIS TOWN DOES. Mariposa is a GREAT TOWN. Juanita

Good for you Lou I'm so proud

Good for you Lou I'm so proud to call you friend.

It is everyones right to

It is everyones right to chose to support our girl scouts or not. It is everyones right to fly the flag or not. No one has forced anyone to do anything and most of the other agencies denied because they already had flags flying. Every veteran has sacrificed there lives so you can have these rights. But dont get it twisted, it is also my right and everyone elses right to disagree with those choices. It is also our right to assemble peacefully and show our patriotism. I am pretty sure that does not describe a lynch mob. I love our country, I love our community and I will always be proud to walk the streets with our flag.

It is everyones right to

It is everyones right to chose to support our girl scouts or not. It is everyones right to fly the flag or not. No one has forced anyone to do anything and most of the other agencies denied because they already had flags flying. Every veteran has sacrificed there lives so you can have these rights. But dont get it twisted, it is also my right and everyone elses right to disagree with those choices. It is also our right to assemble peacefully and show our patriotism. I am pretty sure that does not describe a lynch mob. I love our country, I love our community and I will always be proud to walk the streets with our flag.

Good for you, Lou and Nancy!

Good for you, Lou and Nancy! Chris and I will join you on Monday if you're there.

Good for them. They are

Good for them. They are entitled to their opinion. If an organization decides not to fly the flag, maybe that will factor into use of the organization.

Since when do we force

Since when do we force businesses and or people to fly the flag ? The Girl scouts lady came around and asked for a donation so I can have a flag on holidays, when I refused and said I fly my own flag when and where I want she looked at me dazed and confused. I was looking for the lynch mob, thinking heck I already buy girl scout cookies from a number of girls...and I can only do so much. When I woke up this morning, I thought we still live in a free country without intimidation and threats..I suppose I was wrong. I will make sure next time around, I pay my extortion money, but I will not buy the Cookies... :)

Fred I would look dazed also

Fred I would look dazed also if I heard you make answer as you did. That was a rude statement. You have the right to donate or not as I have in the past because of not having the money then the next year donate, that is my choose and they have never say a word. What Mountain Crisis told the Lady the board said they weren't going to BECAUSE THEY FLY THE AMERCAN FLAG and they service other country's. What other flag would they fly. If they are here they would expect to see the American flag. You are going a little far with Lynch Mob. You don't know that lady, she has always given to this community and backed the children in Mariposa.

Hi, Fred - I agree! As a

Hi, Fred - I agree! As a proud patriot, I would defend anyone's right to NOT fly the flag if they have reason for so doing. I also don't think "donations" should be mandatory lest you find yourself villified on the front page of the Gazette. Mountain Crisis does a lot of good for our community. It is their choice (and any other business's choice) whether or not to fly the flag and whether or not to donate to the Girl Scouts. I'm sending Mountain Crisis a donation as a tardy thanks for all the work they do.

Thank you for the word I was

Thank you for the word I was looking for...extortion. What this protest says is "If you don't agree to give us money, and fly the flag. we will do our best to publicly humiliate you". Shame on you Lou for being a bully behind our American Flag!

And were there other agencies

And were there other agencies or businesses that declined? And why does this article not give Mountain Crisis' view? There must be a lot more to the story. This seems like weak journalism.

Apparently you just didn't

Apparently you just didn't read the article. The Gazette did a pretty good job presenting the Center's position.

Way to go Lou!!!!!!!!!

Way to go Lou!!!!!!!!!

Good for you Lou and Nancy!!!

Good for you Lou and Nancy!!! If I could get away from work I would join you!!!! Proud of you!!!!!

I am proud of you Lou. I

I am proud of you Lou. I stand with you because not flying our nations flag is a disgrace. You, my husband and every other veteran out there sacrificed for that flag.

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