Letter to The Editor: A Response
Debate continues about displaying political signs in a senior community.
I read with dismay the letter from Anita Carbonara of Heritage Point regarding political signs in communities regulated by rules of a Homeowners Association.
No one is interested in squelching Ms. Carbonara's freedom of speech. At the time of closing, prospective buyers are given a Public Offering Statement which lists the rules and regulations in detail. All buyers sign this document stating they will abide by the rules and regulations of the HOA.
The "No Signs" rule was incorporated into the POS to remind us that we live in very close quarters, our lots being little more than an arm's length away. If everyone felt the need to post their beliefs, political or otherwise, the community would no longer be able to "preserve the character of the Community...for the protection of the value of the homes therein." (POS, p. 8). Everyone who drives on 554 can see what a deleterious effect political signs have on the landscape.
Heritage Point is a beautiful community, surrounded by caring residents who are not interested in the political affiliation of their neighbor but who do care about being and having a "good" neighbor. Bringing a lawsuit is counter-productive and hurts the community as a whole, causing legal expenses to everyone.
We have rules in our community, not to hurt or harass, but to help all of us live together in harmony.
Kathryn A. Boyd
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