06/18/2019: "Another Senior Banned From Senior Center"
(Minnie Knych presented with Notice of Trespass By Deputy Peters)
The ongoing debate over the removal of the American flag and forbidding the Pledge of Allegiance before lunch at the Mullis Community Senior Center has so far resulted in the banning of those who say the pledge, or in the case of Minnie Knych, from wearing and providing stickers to those that want one, that states “I Stand For The Pledge;” which according to the center is “political solicitation” in violation of Mullis Center policy.
The first person to be issued a “Trespass Warning Letter” was Susan Carnes after she showed up with her own American Flag and was joined by others in stating the Pledge of Allegiance. She stated in an opinion piece submitted to The Island Guardian that “the police had been called in anticipation that this ritual might be ‘pulled off’.” Adding “I was cited and cannot return to the Center without an apology and a written promise to sin no more.”
Jeff Musburger and Paul Arroyo, Vietnam veterans have also been banished from the center for bringing a flag and leading the Pledge.
Next up to meet a Sheriff’s Deputy was Mrs. Knych, well know as the person who started, organized and presents a county community Thanksgiving Dinner every year that attracts hundreds of locals to the Mullis Community Center. She too has been issued a trespass letter and is now banned indefinitely from the center, and warned that any future attempt to enter the property may “result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.”
A petition to bring back the pledge has so far garnered over 200 signatures.