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March 08, 2013


Police in northeast Ohio have charged a 15-year-old girl after an angry letter was left in a mailbox ordering that a neighbor take down the Christmas lights on the house.

(Thanks to Greg Snow, who says, "Actually, I wouldn't mind it if this teen lived near me.")


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I beat the system by not putting up lights this year. We were the only house on the block (other than those that are unoccupied) that did not decorate.

Unless I know that I will have a post-holiday Saturday that will have decent weather, I won't risk my life on an icy roof.

Yes, I am a Grinch. A Grinch who won't be fined by the homeowner association because my decorations are up too long.

I agree with Greg--the girl is a hero, not a perp.

I can't believe this. That's a threat? Not in Brooklyn. "Take down your damn lights or I'll break your damn face" is a threat.

From the Constitution of the United States:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

However, one right that is not in the constitution is a right not to be offended. That right doesn't exist. The police in this case are completely out of line.

I would nominate this gal for the 'Young Citizen of the Year' award.

Good grief. I had no idea that the words, "Don't make me tell you again," could get you arrested. Nearly every member of the boards of my last four homeowners' associations would have rap sheets. Heck, my own mom would be doin' hard time as a repeat offender! Elyria is making Stepford look pretty badass.

Can anyone tell me why the "icicle" type Christmas lights seem to be permanent? Are they some newly evolved type of parasite that grows on mobile homes where nobody has a ladder?

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