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Woman faces fines for wreath peace sign

By ROBERT WELLER, Associated Press WriterSun Nov 26, 11:13 PM ET

A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.
"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.
Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."
Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1,000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.
"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus."
The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and the board "will not allow signs, flags etc. that can be considered divisive."
The subdivision's rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.
Kearns ordered the committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.

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It is why I am becoming more and more leery about moving back to the States.
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Wow. I guess I'll put a wreath with a pentagram on somebody's house and we'll see what happens...

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Homeowners associations fundamentally evil.
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For her next act she should place a 6x9 sign in her front yard proclaiming:

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Would the ACLU support this woman, in this case? This is an infringement of freedom of speech is it not? Should the Homeowners Association be subject to the courts?
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This is why I will never live in a McVillage with a Homeowners Ass ociation. Every time they end up being run by feckless gits with Napoleon complexes


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They dropped the "charges" against her.
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This is why I will never live in a McVillage with a Homeowners Ass ociation. Every time they end up being run by feckless gits with Napoleon complexes
Sheesh, ain't that the truth. Some of the worst examples of petty politics can be seen at the micro-local level, by people who just don't grasp the mission of their organization, or the mandate of their position.
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