Woman wins right to fly American flag after neighbors vote to ban it

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Thanks to the power of the Press and public pressure, Darla Coombs will get to display the American flag after all on the front of her condominium unit in the Highland Ridge development in Hampden, Maine.

Coombs, a former military veteran herself, put up the flag with her immediate neighbor’s blessing, when her son joined the Army last spring. Neighbors quickly became upset, and during the late summer, passed around a survey within the development to determine if she should be allowed to display it. Last month, the homeowner’s association voted to ban any flags from being mounted on the front of the buildings.

She then offered to put a permanent flagpole in the development at her own expense, and was turned down again by the association. Reluctantly, Coombs took down her flag to avoid further controversy.

Once the local press reported on the smack-down, it was picked up in regional and national news outlets.

Only after the word got out did association members quickly regroup and make an exception to their bylaws, giving owners the right to mount American flags on their homes.

Gary Goldberg, one of the developers, used the weak argument that the property manager was just doing her job by upholding association bylaws, and wanted to make sure owners didn’t damage their own units. Hmmmm.

Bangor Daily News

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  1. Paul says:

    And a local lawyer stepped up and made it aware that George W. Bush envoked a new law allowing such displays and that they could not be denied their right to display the American flag. Not to mention the fact that active military came to support her as well as other patriotic groups.
    Before Mr Goldberg, his manager and the opposed residents ever unzipped their flys to reveal absolutely nothing they should have checked first…

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