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Encinitas commissioners refuse to recite Pledge of Allegiance

Encinitas commissioners refuse to recite Pledge of Allegiance

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, a routine rite at the start of many municipal meetings, has generated some soul-searching for Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission members.

Two commissioners — Darius Degher, a Leucadia musician and poet, and Christina Simokat, a New Encinitas resident who teaches environmental science at Cal State San Marcos — threw a spotlight on the standard agenda item when they both chose not to say the pledge during the commission's Dec. 11 meeting and sat while the other commissioners recited it.

At the meeting's end, the other commissioners' reactions ranged from dismay to bewilderment when Degher asked if they could eliminate the pledge...

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