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Web letter: Hope of peaceful coexistence vanishes with Crimson Tide flags

We have lived in Fort Wayne since 1995, but we are fans of the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

We became fans when our son, a National Merit finalist, was offered and accepted a full academic scholarship to the University of Alabama, something not offered by instate universities.

Our daughter followed him a year later, and our family came to love the university, southern hospitality, the community of Tuscaloosa, which is still recovering from the devastating tornado, and the football team.

For years we have proudly flown a Crimson Tide flag during football season and love the friendly conversations it triggers with neighbors passing by.

So it was with dismay that we found our flag missing Dec. 15. We attributed it to the wind. After Christmas we put up another flag, which quickly disappeared. This time the bent hooks and lack of wind suggested someone ripped it from the porch. Sadly, we now suspect the wind was not the culprit in the first flag’s disappearance.

We will never know if it was kids bored during winter break, an anxious Notre Dame fan, or someone sick of the SEC, but it makes us wonder. If, as a people, we can’t peacefully coexist with football rivals, how can we expect countries to settle their differences and live in harmony?

On Monday, the Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish met with the Tide winning 42-14. The young men from both teams worked hard. Their coaches prepared them well. They wanted to win, but they respected the opposing team, their talents and their efforts. As Crimson Tide fans we did the same; we admired the talent on both sides of the field, hoped for a good game and prayed for no injuries.

HOLLY NINER Fort Wayne

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