Daily Observer Publisher and Managing Director, Kenneth Y. Best has provided the Liberian Senate 16 flags representing all 15 counties and a giant-size Liberian flag.
The flags are to be hoisted on the compound of the Liberian Legislature, the official working theater of the Vice President and members of the Legislature.
The good will gesture of Mr. Best came after he had observed over many months that most if not all the flags on poles on the Senate side of the Capitol Building were torn and faded.
Making the presentation to Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley last week, Mr. Best said he could go ahead criticizing the Senate without doing something about the problem. “But I felt that would not be the best thing to do. So, I decided to order the flags made and I now humbly present them to you, Mr. President Pro-Tempore.”
Mr. Best also presented a full size flag of the Republic which, he said, would be more appropriate to be flown near the doom of the Capitol, instead of the smaller Liberian flag flying there that he felt was somehow disproportionate.
Expressing gratitude for the gesture, Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley said the old flags were embarrassing to the Senate as their faded colors and tattered look did not represent the first branch of government.
He also thanked Mr. Best for deciding not to criticize the Senate in his editorial column, but instead thoughtfully decided to make provision for what was lacking at the premises of the Senate.
Pro-Temp Findley described Mr. Best’s presentation as “a true act of patriotism.”
Upon receiving the flags, the Pro-Temp ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate to immediately take down the old, “disgraceful ones” and hoist the new flags. The Senate is now in line with the House in having new flags flying on both sides of the Capitol, unlike the past when only the House of Representatives had new flags with clean and identifiable colors.
The Legislature has been seriously criticized over the years for doing little to represent the country through the hoisting of county and national symbols.
It can be recalled that in the 52nd Legislature, Representative Edwin M. Snowe singlehandedly procured flags for each county on his side of the Capitol Building.
One of the building’s staffers asked: “When these ones get damaged, who will pay to get another set of new ones?”