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Residents of Wrentham public housing complex ordered to remove U.S. flags

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:45 pm

WRENTHAM — Just a week after the nation celebrated its birthday, residents of the Garden Lane public housing complex are being told they can no longer display their patriotism by hanging U.S. flags outside their homes.

Tenants of the complex, operated near the center of town by the Wrentham Housing Authority, were notified of the new policy through a letter taped to their doors sometime Wednesday afternoon.

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  • 2pugs posted at 1:49 am on Thu, Sep 20, 2012.

    2pugs Posts: 1

    This is horrible. I am truley offended by this. I am tired of being "scolded" for my American heritage. I don't understand who let these changes happen? It's not just the flag, but in schools pledging the allegiance under god is frowned upon. Getting to the point where we can't say Merry Christmas either. Why don't these people get out of my country. I am so sad for our vets, this is like a slap in the face for everything they have done for our country and to keep it safe. Don't take down that flag Ms Marshall!! Did people forget what country they moved to or live in. By the way.... Starbucks coffee won't fly a flag either, they don't want to offend anyone. Imagine that!

  • barbtender posted at 12:55 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    barbtender Posts: 253

    In the late 19th century there were reactions against merchants' tendency to blot out the sun with flags. Flags are all right for those who need symbols to remind themselves who they are. Well, this is a conservative habit, those who must feel their patriotism, but rather needless for those who have a grasp of history.

  • GJFerkoV posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Jul 13, 2012.

    GJFerkoV Posts: 1

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hr42 The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005. The limitations state that a substantial interest of the condo/housing association must be affected. I would say that more members of said association would be negatively affected by this new rule than would be positively affected. This action does not have to be complied with and forcing someone to take down the flag is illegal in the U.S.

  • Gpacass posted at 10:10 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    Gpacass Posts: 1

    I would like to thank ms. Marshall for her patriotic stand on displaying the American flag. As a ret. vet of 20 yrs. It is hard for me to understand how or why some one would complain about displaying the flag. I could get, real vocal but that could bring unwanted attention. So I will say only you stand your ground ms. Marshall, and if those in the housing Auth. Can't be American they need to get another job. If there are vet. Groups in the area they should make a visit.

  • EDW posted at 9:30 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    EDW Posts: 1

    As the letter was NOT signed, and housing authority senior management has NOT been available to discuss this matter, I suggest/urge that all residents not only IGNORE the letter, but PROUDLY display OUR American flag OUTSIDE (and inside!) their homes. Where is the ACLU? Perhaps local veterans should visit the Wrentham Housing Authority and remind the staff there what OUR American flag represents?

    All this is the result of one resident's "complaining"? Common sense needs to/should prevail here!