America On Edge

December 31, 2011 - 11:42 AM
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 photo, Howard Pinkley stands in his business, Flags Sales & Repairs, in Toledo, Ohio. Pinkley established the company a half century ago and runs it with his daughter, Wendy Beallas. The days after Sept. 11, 2011 were good ones for the flag business. These days though, folks are focused on paying the bills. A new flag is a luxury, and the unvarnished patriotism of a decade ago has been replaced by disgust with government. (AP Photo/J.D. Pooley)