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Vets’ Curtains Rile Home Association

Curtis Benham, of Post Falls, recently received a notice from his neighborhood’s homeowners association that the flag in his front window was a violation of their covenants, conditions and restrictions. The notice cited “inappropriate curtains” as the violation. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

The Post Falls American Legion is rallying behind a Navy veteran who received a violation notice from his neighborhood homeowners association for hanging an American flag in his window. The flag was described on the bright orange ticket stuck to Curtis Benham's garage door as “inappropriate curtains.” After Benham, 81, and his supporters contacted media outlets and staged a small protest on his front lawn Monday, the Fieldstone Homeowners Association board decided to rescind the notice and plans to apologize to Benham, according to attorney Art Macomber. “The board met about this issue,” Macomber said. “The ticket should not have been issued … the homeowner will not be penalized”/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think an American flag makes for appropriate curtains?

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