Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash proposes an ordinance after flag situation

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Protesters gathered in front of Bowling Green City Hall Friday night. Protesters, like Daniel Alexander waved the American flag, taking exception to Mayor Bruce Wilkerson’s decision to temporarily remove the American flag from all city owned properties.

The mayor said last week he had the city’s flags removed for one day to prevent an outside group from taking them.

“I was just sitting at home reading the story on Facebook. Didn’t agree with it, so I walked out the door, got the flag off my front porch, stood in the corner of Kentucky and main street, and thought I’d wave the flag and show my support,” Alexander said.

Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash is also not agreeing with the mayor’s decision, and for that reason is taking action.

“What I wanted to do was ensure that it could never happen again. We can’t turn back the hands of time, all we can do is move forward, and in this case, I thought an ordinance would make sure that this kind of mistake never happens again,” Nash said.

An ordinance that would prevent the mayor or any city commissioner from making a decision to take down the American flag without approval from the commission first. Alexander says he’s supporting the measure.

“It doesn’t matter if he’s the one who brought it or who brought it. They need more guidelines and some kind of documentation on when the flag can be lowered and when it can be taken down,” Alexander said.

The proposal will appear on the next city commission agenda, July 7. If the proposal is seconded, a vote will be taken. After that vote, a second reading will take place on the third Tuesday of July. If a majority of the commission agrees to it, it will become a Bowling Green ordinance, something Nash said he’s confident will happen.

“I think the community wants this ordinance to be in place. I think the community never wants to imagine a time that the flag of the United States of America would be lowered,” Nash said.