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POLL: Do you support the Wrentham Housing Authority's initial ban on flying American flags on the outside of its buildings?

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development originally issued a letter to residents banning the display of flags a mistake after one tenant made several complaints. The ban was lifted the next day in response to public outcry.

What is usually seen as a symbol of pride and patriotism has apparently caused a controversy at Garden Lane in Wrentham. 

On Thursday, the reported that at approximately 8:12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, a photograph of a letter allegedly from the Wrentham Housing Authority appeared on Twitter that told residents of Garden Lane that any public displays of the American Flag would not be allowed in common areas.

According to the letter, the ban was due to the repeated complaints of a tenant during the Fourth of July holiday to the Department of Housing and Community Development, an agency of the Department of Housing and Economic Development. 

The letter said that flags could be visible from inside an apartment but could not be on the exterior part of the building. 

The text of the letter said:

To: All Residents of Garden Lane

Due to a tenant's repeated complaints reported to the Department of Housing and Community Development over the July 4th holiday, Wrentham Housing Authority has been informed that the public display of the American Flag in the common areas is not permitted. As a result, all American flag displays must be restricted to the interior of your apartment. Flags may be visible through the apartment windows but may not be displayed on the exterior of the buildings or on the ground around the building.

On Thursday, the following day, when speaking to WBZ, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development spokesman Jason Lefferts said that ban was a mistake and flags will be allowed to hang outside.

POLL: Do you support the Wrentham Housing Authority's initial ban on flying American flags on the outside of its buildings? 

Take our poll and let us know.  

Have more to say?  Tell us in the Comments. 

A Clark July 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
A strong, definite NO to the ban of flags at Garden Lane ; my Mother lived there for many years and was proud to have a flag flying.

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