BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg came out publicly to say he was disappointed with Hampshire College in Amherst after they briefly decided to ban the American flag on campus following recent protests at the school.

Rosenberg sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller last week to talk about issues before the Senate, but Jon first asked him about the flag controversy, as Hampshire is in his district.

“I think there are many ways that you can express dissent in our society, but I don’t think the flag should become the focus or a target in matters of dissent,” said Rosenberg.

“The flag represents to people–particularly veterans and their families, and you think about gold star families and mothers who’ve lost family members–the flag just is not the right target when you’re protesting things of the government,” he continued. “The flag did nothing, and there are so many other ways that the young people could have expressed themselves.”

Jon said he wasn’t surprised that a bunch of college kids “getting excited,” but that he was surprised with the college’s president saying he was pressured by public response about the flag issues.

Rosenberg said he was scheduled to talk with President Lash about the flag troubles, and relay his feelings.

He said his message would be that “I was disappointed, but I’m glad that the flag is up.”

Keller and Rosenberg also talked about legalized marijuana, and the state of gambling in Massachusetts.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (4)
  1. Suke Madique says:

    WBZ gave them plenty of attention though, good job validating their protests guys!

  2. Gross misreporting in the first sentence. The College did not “ban the flag from the campus”. The flag flew freely all over the campus even while the main flagpole had it’s flag banned. Why can’t WBZ get through the first sentence of a story without flubbing it?

  3. bees_knees_6 says:

    Fool is he. And seriously, Jon, can you at least get the story right? Even if the college had banned the flag entirely, who is Rosenberg or anyone to decide whether it is a proper form of protest?

    1. BK – the flag is all our business. Policies and laws of the United States are all our business. It would seem that in this instance, you want to favor the rights of the individual over the rights of the public and society.

      Anyone who wants to protest can do so and knock themselves saying whatever they want to say in protest. Burning a flag is an entirely different action then protesting. Someone at some point in time decided burning a flag is a form of protest and that is why it is allowed…not acceptable, but allowed. But it’s just as easy to decide it’s not a form of protest.

      Not that long ago, a bill was introduced in Congress to make it illegal to burn a flag and it missed passing by one vote.

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