Letters to the Editor

UTD not to blame for flying tattered U.S. flag in Miami

I read a letter to the editor in the Sept. 13th Miami Herald regarding a tattered flag at the building where United Teachers of Dade (UTD) is located.

The letter read: On Sept. 11, I was sitting in the waiting area of UTD to get some advice on retirement. I’ve been a social studies teacher for about 30 years. But before that, I was a U.S. Army Infantry captain. The building where the UTD has its offices is flying the national and state flags.

It brought tears to my eyes to see the once proud colors tattered, fading and totally disrespected.

I asked the staff member at my appointment — and being from a military family himself — he said he’d get right on that,” wrote Jim Kononoff of Coral Gables.

The letter seemed to place the responsibility for the maintenance of the flag with UTD, which is merely one of the building’s many tenants, along with Media 8, Sprint, Cort Furniture and La Grenier French deli/bakery.

The flag in question is flown in the courtyard of the building where all these establishments are located at 2200 Biscayne Blvd.

The author of the letter was told all of this, yet still choose to conflate the flag’s state of disrepair with the fact that UTD was one of the tenants.

He was also told (as he mentioned in his note), that someone from UTD promised to contact the landlord and make a formal inquiry/request to have the flag updated.

A UTD employee did in fact follow up and the landlord has graciously and appropriately agreed to change the flag out.

I think this was the case of someone making a valid and important point, but erroneously attaching the UTD name to the faulty actions of the building owners. That is not fair to UTD and is members who are engaged in the most noble of patriotic duties: the profession of teaching.

Karla Hernández Mats,

President of UTD,