Poll: Should Flags Be Flown At Half-Staff For Whitney Houston?

Is the pop singer's death worthy of such an honor? Tell us what you think.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half staff throughout the state Saturday during funeral. The 48-year-old music icon's body was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday afternoon.

Gov. Christie said Houston was a "cultural icon" who belongs in the same category in New Jersey music history as legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The governor called Houston's accomplishments in the music industry "a great source of pride for the people of the state."

In the past, flags in New Jersey have also been lowered to pay tribute to other local music legends. In June, for example, flags were flown at half staff following the death of musician Clarence Clemons, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band.

B REID February 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Obviously, most people don't know the rules of flying a flag at half staff which is not ONLY for fallen Military. I am the Mother of an active duty Military member who has served this Country for over 26 Years!! I believe that all states have honored the active duty Military who have died with this honor and if they have not - then shame on them. Why is it okay to fly a flag at half staff for Elvis?? This was done. Frank Sinatra, and others as well... I think people should investigate what they are saying because many famous celebrities were honored this way and no one seemed to make a fuss about it. I believe that some of it is just the way we feel inside about people whom are different than we are. Shame on you who feel that she doesn't deserve to be honored the way others in her field have - under similar circumstances. She is as deserving of that honor as any other celebrity who was honored the same way.
Mark Lipinski February 18, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Seems llike everything these days is a no win situation for Christie. Maybe he should have put his flag decision up for a referendum?
tony mac February 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM
B. Reid please read my comments a few lines above. . none of them deserved such an honor as a fallen hero!
carol simon February 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Whitney Houston was a hero to many, a tragic figure to most. In the spirit of being an American icon, a Jersey girl, I feel that our American flag embraces all of us and that the symbol is inclusive. The power of her voice and stardom in this world should not be diminished by her shortcomings as she is laid to rest. I do feel that the community should open a rehabilitation site in her name to address drug and domestic abuse.
stewart resmer February 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Whitney Houston is the poster child for what goes wrong in peoples lives who fall victim to substance abuse, it is altoghether fitting and right to observe her tragic passing under such circumstances, and the Governor has the authority to have made this most correct decision. The comparisons here a to who, or who is not to be recognized, is demagoguery and shameful.


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