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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Unreasonable flag restrictions


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It’s remarkable that representatives of Hailey’s Copper Ranch Homeowners’ Association would demand that Robin Perfect remove the American flag decorating her front porch, as it is a strong symbol of support for her son Sgt. Edward Nalder, recently deployed overseas to the war in Iraq with the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade.


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Especially significant is the fact that this is happening in the same small town where we already have a soldier missing in action, U.S. Army Specialist Bowe Bergdahl.

Traditionally for decades, all flags and statues have been exempt from most homeowner association bylaws. However, in recent years these new little forms of government have become increasingly more powerful, so much so, that some have been testing new waters.


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Certainly, there are positive aspects to having close-knit community oversights; however, to maintain unwavering attitudes about allowing simple family support for our troops, in the form of small American flags, especially around Veterans Day; is strong evidence of a homeowner association becoming too damn big for their britches.


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Perhaps, for this Veterans Day, the Woodside Homeowners’ association should consider ‘a Perfect olive branch’ by offering in place of these pesky individual flags, to build a giant community American flag, over where the old Ironwood gym was supposed to be refurbished, along with signage commemorating Sgt. Nalder, as well as any other local soldier-warriors currently deployed in our terrible wars.



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