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Country sounds on upside down flag after Newsline 9 report


The country is sounding off after a Newsline 9 report. We were the first to tell you about a central Wisconsin man who is flying his flag upside down, all in protest of the government.

Walter Blanchard never thought it would turn out like this.

"It's astonishing just to sit and watch what's coming up on the email," said Blanchard as he looked at his computer.

On Tuesday Newsline 9 was first to bring you Blanchard's story. The Stevens Point man turned his flag upside down, saying he's upset with the government.

"We need to get something going here," said Blanchard.

In less than 24 hours it's spiraled into something much more.

"It hits me deep that other people feel the same way," explained Blanchard as he got emotional.

Comments flooded Newsline 9's Facebook page.

"There are some negative ones but everybody has their own way of thinking," explained Blanchard.

Even more comments are on our website.

"To me, the flag is a symbol," Blanchard read aloud. He reads another one, "it's sad to see our flag upside down. My heart sinks." And another one, "I hope the distress ends soon."

There are no state codes banning flying flags upside down. Stevens Point doesn't have an ordinance against it either. In fact the Stevens Point mayor says there's really nothing he can do.

"He has fought bled and earned the right to express himself however he sees fit," said Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson.

But Stevens Point Alderman Mike Wiza has a different view.

"Generally I think it's disrespectful," explained Wiza. "But this is the United States of America."

Wiza says there are other ways to voice your opinion.

"I'd like to see him choose a different way, maybe get involved in local and state politics," said Wiza.

Regardless, all can agree this flag has started quite the discussion. That's something Blanchard says is long overdue.


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