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07-10-2008, 10:04 AM
State employee won't lower flags for Helms .

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A longtime state employee has chosen to retire instead of lowering flags to half-staff to honor former Republican Sen. Jesse Helms.

Gov. Mike Easley had ordered all U.S. and state flags lowered after Helms died July 4. But L.F. Eason III told his staff to ignore the directive at the state Standards Laboratory in Raleigh.

Eason said in e-mails he didn't think it was appropriate to lower the flags because of Helms' "doctrine of negativity, hate, and prejudice.

" Eason said Helms "voted against or blocked every civil right issue" that came before Congress.

Eason requested the option to retire Monday after his superiors ordered the flags be lowered.

Eason said he could not in good conscience honor Helms.

The 51-year-old Eason had worked with the Department of Agriculture for 29 years.


07-10-2008, 11:10 AM
He should be allowed to retire. At a reduced pension.

If you work for the .gov you lower the flag when told to and don't let your politics get in the way.

07-10-2008, 12:30 PM
In a string of e-mail messages with his superiors, Eason was told he could either lower the flags or retire effective immediately.

Though he's only 51, Eason chose to retire, although he pleaded several times to be allowed to stay at the lab. Eason, who had worked for the Agriculture Department since graduating from college, was paid $65,235 a year as the laboratory manager.

Several people, including his wife, argued to Eason that the flags belonged to the state, as did the lab. But Eason said he felt a strong sense of ownership.


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