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Robert Cox

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This is the same display, that the city try have him remove the crown on top of his home.

I also wish they would just leave him alone!!!

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I agree they should leave him a lone. If it wants to decorate that much so be it who cares it is on a main road. He was right about it caused people to slow down so if nothing has happened in 2 yrs then let it be.

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Doesn't look like it's causing traffic jams, and like the homeowner said, there are accidents there in the summer...

Just leave the guy alone.

-Tim

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Figures a politician trying to stop what might happen and that's a slim might considering the display has been up for more than one season with no occurrences.

Lets ignore all the real problems that are taking place right this very minute.

Wait a lame excuse to get you face on the news as a concerned politician.

I think the owner said it best. His display does just the opposite by slowing drivers down.

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Sounds like some cops went to the politician and said they needed some extra money for their Christmas presents. I agree leave the guy alone

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As of last nights news there is no law that state he has to get a police detail but the city of Boston is asking the govenor to step in because its a state highway

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Here in Texas there was a particularly dangerous highway intersection where there were numerous accidents over several years. It took years of begging by the city council and county commissioners before the state would finally put a traffic light at the intersection.

I find it unbelievable that in a city where there have been NO Christmastime accidents they are asking the Governor to step in and harass this guy. I can't believe that the state would have nothing better to do than create a STATE ordinance just for a guy with a beautifully decorated house.

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I live on a well traveled road and frankly the display causes traffic to drive way slower than the normal over the speed limit by ten miles an hour daytime flow. Leave the man alone or do as my police department has agreed to do - assign officers to help traffic flow if needed at no cost. I doubt many people will think this a waste or misuse of their taxpayer dollars.

In the 18 years I have had a display there has been only one minor incident when a car ran into the ditch and had to be pushed out...no damage done and nothing but praise for my display by the driver.

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The councilman is a bonehead. I have never been to Boston, but I would think that they would have more important things to worry about.

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JohnnyLove wrote:

Will someone dig up an e-mail that we can all use to tell this council man to leave this guy alone. The house looks amazing.

It would be much more effective to craft your own. Send it as a snail-mail letter and mail a copy to the Boston mayor (or city manager or whatever the head of the city is).

If they get a lot of independenly crafted letters of support, they may need to rethink. This is doubly true for people who live close enough to make the drive to the display, and can threaaten shopping $$'s, etc...

-Tim

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Unfortunatly due to the time of the year, I doubt any letters mailed out would make it in time to have any affect. A flooded e-mail box would work just as well in my opinion.

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I've been meaning to go see his display

Ongoing issue with the "temporary" Crown he built

I kind of agree, as the structure should be inspected tp make sure it is sound

But if you let them regulate this decoration, where do you draw the line?

I want to build a manger on my roof & "stadium" stands to hold my choir

Maybe a politician will decide I need a permit for that too

I will probably have to put it up Thanksgiving weekend

Take it down in Jan, weather allowing

I think he's made himself a target fo complaints due to other issues

Flood lights in his backyard that lite up neighbors houses. And not at Christmas, thsi is for the pool in the back yard & "security"

Basically he feels like he can do what he wants & doesn't care about his neighbors

Negative publicity about displays we do not need

It'sa bad road to drive on, twists & turns. Not a road you would want to slow down to look at a display, even if it is a static display

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Contact the Boston city councilor that is harrasing this guy and let him know that he is indeed a SCROOGE!!!!

Address:

Boston City Council

One City Hall Square

Boston, MA

02201

Email John at:

[email protected]

Call him at:

617.635.4220

Fax him at:

617.635.4203

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Leave him alone? To do so would be a disservice to ALL of us.

The problem is the crown on the house (which to even my untrained eye appears to be a 'structure') and his attitude toward the city (basically he told them to go pound salt). Had he have talked with the city instead of coping the attitude there wouldn'tbe a problem.

Now what has happened is that the city is embarrassed and the only thing they can do is legislate. When they do, other cities will do the same since there is precedent.

He isn't the victim in all of this, but we will be. Supporting him is putting a nail in our own coffins.

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Another good reason I don't live in MA... He's probably an athiest and is offended by the reminder that he's going to Hell... in a hurry, I hope.

Maybe the homeowner may have gone about it the wrong way, but I can't blame him- I probably would have been arrested by now if it was my display.

This is our first year and the traffic on our little street has been very stressful for our neighbors, but we've only had one complain- most really enjoy that so many people are enjoying the show... Again, the charity box out front makes it a little harder to complain about it....

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oldcqr wrote:

Leave him alone? To do so would be a disservice to ALL of us.

The problem is the crown on the house (which to even my untrained eye appears to be a 'structure') and his attitude toward the city (basically he told them to go pound salt). Had he have talked with the city instead of coping the attitude there wouldn'tbe a problem.

Now what has happened is that the city is embarrassed and the only thing they can do is legislate. When they do, other cities will do the same since there is precedent.

He isn't the victim in all of this, but we will be. Supporting him is putting a nail in our own coffins.

I don't agree.

I agreed that the crown looked "structural" and that he should have had it inspected, and I said as much in the threads about it. But that's a different issue.

This issue is about traffic. He may have blown his reputation with the city officials over the crown issue, but them coming back at him with a completely separate issue is not right. If they want to get an emergency court order to have that crown brought down, or have it inspected, or what not -- that's their rights, and I would support that. But they have no rights to badger him over a traffic issue that doesn't sound all that drastic...

-Tim

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You may be right Tim, but I do think the homeowner didn't do himself any favors with his attitude toward his neighbors. That is a pretty hotsy part of town judging by the house, so I bet some of his neighbors know some people with pull. They may have been pissy anyway but you know what they sayabout flies honey and vinegar. I just think itcouldn't have hurt him to have a less combative attitude. He did post some pictures on the showing off section by they way.

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Ken Knighton wrote:

You may be right Tim, but I do think the homeowner didn't do himself any favors with his attitude toward his neighbors. That is a pretty hotsy part of town judging by the house, so I bet some of his neighbors know some people with pull. They may have been pissy anyway but you know what they sayabout flies honey and vinegar. I just think itcouldn't have hurt him to have a less combative attitude. He did post some pictures on the showing off section by they way.

Oh I totally agree. I don't know the whole backstory here, and if what people are saying is true, his attitude is probably his biggest downfall.

But in this particular case, It sounds like they're just pestering him...

-Tim

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I think I am moving to that city! WOW, it must be great that the biggest issue in that city is a guy who has a big Christmas display.

It's a good thing that commish is going after that horrible criminal decorator!

Jack A$$!!!

Whitey

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Ok... Guys this issue is a lot bigger than the 30 second news byte... as it always is...

I'm no fan of Dominick myself as I've made clear in a few posts but there are laws in Boston and MA that give the police the right to insist on police details for safety reasons. The road he lives on has become a dangerous spot at night with traffic going from 50mph to 5. With the large amounts of snow there isn't breakdown lanes so it's much worse than normal.

Also, I think we've all taken the tack of working with our local law enforcement and towns. Dominick has fought them at every turn for media coverage... Isn't it about the season?

I can tell you that more then a few PC's in NE have issues with the local law enforcement but we are working with them and not calling CNN...

Just and FYI... In MA all road construction is posted with a police detail. We don't allow flaggers in this state.. Yeah I know....

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