To the Readers' Forum:
My apologies to Mr. Carlo, but I thought that the entire code was important and applied one of the opening bullets to the code that I previously stated without using it as a lead-in to my complaint, but I include that statement here as it was copied, with alteration:
The words ''flag, standard, colors, or ensign,'' as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture of representation of either, or of any part of parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture of a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America. 
What this says in essence is: if it looks like the American Flag, apply the flag rules to it without regard to the stuff used to make it.
However it is perceived, I remain offended by the use of the colors of the flag when that use violates federal law written to protect the sanctity of the flag. I understand that the individual walking the street may not be aware of the details, but I do expect our governing officials to have some recognition of those requirements even though there is no punishment for acting otherwise.
C. Ralph Heeter