Local World War II Veteran Fights Homeowner's Association - wtvr

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Since this saga began, it's been played out on the radio from Washington D.C. to Boston, but many believe what is happening to this true American hero is tarnishing the image of Richmond. Full Story
Virginia Resident

United States

#3024 Dec 4, 2009
They have no right to keep this hero from flying the American flag anyway he so pleases to do so!Mr Barfoot has already fought for the right and won!!!!!! He put his life in danger when fighting for this country and they have the nerve to deny him. Everyone who lives there and supports him should put up their flags in support of Mr. Barfoot!! I still say I wish you were my neighbor!! I am going to put up a flag for America,for Mr. Barfoot, and for all the people who fight for us everyday!!!Thank you!!!


William Danielson

Longmont, CO

#3025 Dec 4, 2009
Oh, and one more thing. This is about a subjective determination by the homeowners association as to the aesthetic appearance of the flag pole. Please keep that in mind here, it is not that the pole is violating the association's rules per se.

The HOA is taking the position here that the American flag flown on a pole in this mans yard is not aesthetically pleasing...

I find that revolting.
respectelders

Glen Carbon, IL

#3026 Dec 4, 2009
I guarantee nobody else in that neighborhood served in the military "as Col. Barfoot has done." Show me which neighbor has those decorations and I'll show you a neighbor who supports Col. Barfoot. He deserves his neighbor's gratitude and deference. He owes them nothing more than what he has already given them.
Dan Fisher

Lincoln, NE

#3027 Dec 4, 2009
Here is another story about just how messed up America has become..

http://cnsnews.com/commentary/article/57897
An American

Minneapolis, MN

#3028 Dec 4, 2009
To the lawyers representing the homeowners association: Please advise your clients to cease and desist. They are embarrassing the city of Richmond and our country.

To the people of Richmond: Any local sales on TP? Time to have a little party to aesthetically "improve" the neighborhood....except for the house with the flagpole.

Give 'em hell Colonel.
FLOYD CHANDLER

Phoenix, AZ

#3029 Dec 4, 2009
WHAT A SHAME FOR A HERO TO HAVE TO FIGHT TO BE ABLE TO DISPLAY THE AMERICAN FLAG THAT HE FOUGHT FOR AND HELPED SAVE THE WORLD, WHAT HAVE WE COME TO IN THIS COUNTRY, WHEN WE HAVE AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT THAT WILL NOT DISPLAY OUR COUNTRYS FLAG ON HIS LAPEL OR WHEN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT ON HIS AIR PLANE WHAT A DISGRACE WHAT HAVE WE COME TO IN THIS COUNTRY. ARE WE SO BLIND THAT WE CAN NOT SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY. GOD BLESS YOU MR. VAN BARFOOTS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
Matt Drudge

United States

#3030 Dec 4, 2009
There are laws and rules, they must be respected. This is a land of laws. He MUST take down the flag pole in accordance with the neighborhood rules. We can't let dumb cowboys breaking rules. He needs to fly the flag according to the neighborhood rules.
American

Salt Lake City, UT

#3031 Dec 4, 2009
Kathleen go hide under the bed! He isn't in a condo community! It isn't about that - it is about freedom. He fought so that socialists like you and the homeowners association can be free to live their life. He doesn't have freedom to fly the flag of the country he fought for how he wants. The home owners association has the freedom to make up any rules they want! Does that make sense Kathleen!? You are what is wrong in this country! Are you on the government handout program also!
steve patriquin

Spring Hill, FL

#3032 Dec 4, 2009
what has happened to our country? This hero has fought his countries battles.Now he has to fight for his flag in the same country that sent him. Did you see his metals? Leave him alone.
ENRAGED Despicable

Charleston, WV

#3033 Dec 4, 2009
I'd love to find the front lawn of the HOA HQ/Leaders homes and enact a state law to put a statue of the Col. there. Too bad nice guys respect the right to private property...
Bottom Line

Dayton, OH

#3034 Dec 4, 2009
For all you nuts and idiots who say he knew the rules before he moved there and are supporting the HOA, you should really do your homework on this issue. Not only is there no rule against flagpoles the man still ask for permission from the HOA before he put the pole up. The HOA turned him down on "aesthetic" grounds, not on regulatory grounds. They have even been asked to re-consider and refuse. Bottom line is that the Colonel has done everything he was supposed to do and the HOA is most definitely in the wrong. The HOA is going to get pounded into the ground on this if they go to court.
Dan

Houston, TX

#3035 Dec 4, 2009
While the American flag has been banned in the community, the obama O flag is fully approved.
Joan Cincinnati OH

Mason, OH

#3036 Dec 4, 2009
Patriotism vs Aesthetics. Let the man show his respect to the flag! The board of the homeowners association should all be disbanded. Put in new people that have more respect and appreciation for the honor of being an American. Some rules are meant to be broke, this is a good example of one!
Jennifer

Austin, TX

#3037 Dec 4, 2009
Freedom is not free wrote:
I plan to drive by and fly a flag in this nieghborhood all day Friday evening. I will drive up and down the streets of this place in my pickup with the highest flag pole I can raise and protest these ingnorant careless nieghbors. People you have expressed you opions here... Lets take them to the battle field at Sussex Square Homeowners Assossiation!!! Someone tell us where this place is so we can all go and show some support for one of the few heros we have!!! THe news just reported the deadline is this FRIDAY Dec 4! Lets be there to make sure that this injustice is reversed!!!
I live in Texas and wish I could be there to support you. I hope you have so many people there that it makes all the news stations! Thank you for doing something about a terrible and sad injustice in the name of "neighborhood covenants"!
Gr8ragu

Las Vegas, NV

#3038 Dec 4, 2009
HOA's need to relax. This country is at war, we have veterans and I would be beyond proud to have him in my neighborhood. Now you're going to put a lien on a 90 year old vet's property. Way to go!
Steven - Fire Fighter

Kansas City, MO

#3039 Dec 4, 2009
Fly that flag and to hell with those Liberal bastards.
mike l

Albany, NY

#3040 Dec 4, 2009
Just another example of pinheads running an organization and throwing common sense out the door!!!!!
Tyler

Bethpage, NY

#3041 Dec 4, 2009
The Silver Star, The Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star...THREE Purple Hearts??? THE FRICKEN Medal of Honor!!
This guy can park a cessna on his lawn if he wants to. HOA be damned.
CPT David Smartt

Honolulu, HI

#3042 Dec 4, 2009
COL. Barfoot, thank you for your service and the sacrifices you have made to help defend the freedom of the greatest country on Earth. I continue to see a blatant disregard for the symbol of this great nation by the people that live in this great nation. Maybe all of the men and women who are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for theis country should just quit. Let those throughout the world that want to do harm to America, just do it. Lay down our uniforms so America can be invaded and taken over. Everytime we as a country let crap like this continue, we are slapping the face of every person and their families who have died for this great nation. This is not just about what is happening to COL Barfoot. It is about what is happening to America. America needs to wake up and confront policies like this one head one. So many Americans have given their lives in defense of freedom for all who live in America and across the world. Think about the hundred of thousands of lives that have been lost defending the US flag and what it stands for since the birth of our nation. When are we as a country going to pass a law that makes it illegal for anyone to make flying the American Flag against any policy. George Washington would roll over in his grave if he knew what was going on in America today. The Sussex Square Homeowner's Association needs to wake up!! IF YOU DON'T LIKE AMERICANS FLYING THE US FLAG, THEN GET OUT AND GO LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY!!!!!!
rican

Miami, FL

#3043 Dec 4, 2009
GOD bless the COLONEL and let it HANG I would love to see THE FACES OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND THE POWERS TO BE AT THE ASSOCIATION WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TO HARRASS A REAL AMERICAN.

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