To the Editor:

Our town planners are toying with the idea of allowing open flags in Manchester. Back in 1968, the State defended its ban on billboards saying "Essentially, we need to provide information to the traveler, but do not want to compromise our natural scenery. Tourism is the number one industry in the state. And the lack of advertising is one of the most commonly reported things that visitors appreciate about Vermont."

So why, I ask, do our town planners feel the need to reconsider the Town's ban on open flags whenever someone is a little unhappy about it? I'd like to see them take a strong stand here and to define what we want Manchester to look like, and then adopt ordinances to support that vision.

Steve Dunning