A debate in Eugene over how many times the City Council should say the Pledge of Allegiance is getting national attention. USA Today, Fox News and others are picking up the story about the scrabble over how many times the Council should say the Pledge. The issue first surfaced several weeks ago when Councilor Mike Clark suggested that the Pledge be recited at the start of bimonthly council meetings. He says it was motivated by the fact that Eugene has some very diverse opinions and he had hoped the Pledge would create some unity: "So, my idea was that we begin to say the Pledge at the beginning of each meeting so we can all remember we're on the same team. We're all Americans and we may view the answers to some things differently but there is some unity in what we do and there could be some strength in that." Instead of creating unity the suggestion sparked a lot of debate among the Council and the Eugene community. In the end, the Council came up with reciting the Pledge, not at every meeting, but four times a year. On Monday, they agreed to recite the Pledge at meetings closest to Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July.