What's up with our flag
Posted at 6:52 PM on February 26, 2007 by Bob Collins (2 Comments)
A whole batch of new House bills were filed on Monday. The points have been added and all of the scoring pages have been updated. Among my favorites:
HF1385 -- From Reps. Kahn and Liebling would create a task force to study the design of the Minnesota state flag. Apparently there must be something wrong with it and although I haven't heard what that might be, the picture above provides opportunity for you to guess. Maybe it's the Native American riding by on horseback, or maybe it's that stuff that looks like an oyster shell at the bottom, or the fact there's a tree that has been cut down. No clue. Want to guess?
HF1425 from Reps. Holberg, Greiling, Mariani, Buesgens, Demmer, Hornstein, and Ruth would allow kids who -- presumably -- have been barred from sports team participation, to participate if they complete a licensed treatment program.
HF1452 from Rep. Al Juhnke appropriates money to the U of M to study the economic implications of growing perennial grasses. I've got to hear more about this one.
and HF1463 from Reps. Hortman, Hornstein, Erhardt, Hausman and Lieder ads a .50 percent metro sales tax for transportation and transit in the metropolitan area. I'll read that bill tomorrow during my commute in on the light-rail line from Woodbury.
Well... I have never thought too much about our flag... but think these are some good reasons...
Here's a couple that stick out...
- Its design is not versatile: the flag can't be reproduced well on miniature items or in the largest flag sizes; and it appears crooked when hung vertically.
- It repeats itself: the north-star appears twice (the motto and topmost star); statehood twice ("1858" and 19 stars); and it is even stamped with the name "Minnesota" (which shouldn't be necessary if the design is a good one).
- A seal is meant for documents, not flags
Just an FYI
Did you know that there are about 30 other State flags with a seal and fine details that look close to ours
I think ours looks fine