The idiocy of some people still manages to amaze me at times. A lady in southwestern Colorado put up a wreath that’s shaped like peace symbol in honor of the holiday and it’s pissed off some of her neighbors so the home owner’s association is threatening to fine her $25 a day until it’s removed:
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.
Let me get this straight: Some of the people who have kids serving in Iraq don’t like the idea that the wreath promotes the concept of peace?!? And who’s the clueless twit that thinks it’s a symbol of Satan?? ‘Cause ya know that Satan guy, he’s all about peace and love so we can’t be promoting that kind of message.
Good thing we have Mr. Kearns around to lay down the law:
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.
He’s got his own little suburban despot thing going on now. I wonder if he’ll grow a beard like Castro’s?
[Update:] It looks like a truce has been called in the wreath battle. Seems Mr. Kearns decided to back down after the public reaction to the news item got a little intense:
None of the three members of the board in the scenic town 270 miles southwest of Denver was available for comment late Monday. Kearns and colleague Jeff Heitz both had their phone numbers changed to unlisted numbers Monday. Tammy Spezze, the third board member, did not return a call seeking comment.
Jensen, a past association president, said she was overwhelmed with hundreds of calls of support and offers to help her pay the $1,000 fine that would be due if she kept the wreath up until after Christmas.
“We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us with moral support and offers of financial support. We are grateful to hundreds of complete strangers who felt so moved by this story they contacted us,” she said.
“It seems whenever someone tries to say ‘Peace on Earth’ it is met with so much resistance,” she said. “The incredible amount of support we have received over the last couple of days really is proof to us of how many people believe in peace and in our right to say it.”
Good for her.