Display Stirs Controversy In Land Park
Soldier's Uniform Hangs From Noose In Front Of Home
POSTED: 7:58 am PST February 9, 2005
UPDATED: 1:43 pm PST February 9, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nestled in a quiet Sacramento neighborhood is a very loud political statement that is testing the very foundation of the right to free speech.
Hanging from a house in Land Park, a soldier's uniform in a noose dangles from a rooftop. The words "your tax dollars at work" are scrolled across the chest.
In a community full of patriotism, this view of the war in Iraq has not gone unnoticed.
"I think it's the ultimate sign of disrespect. We have troops dying for us," Land Park resident Mark Cohen said.
"(I'm) annoyed and disgusted. I think if this is the way someone feels they can find a better way to vent their opinions," Land Park resident Pete Miles said.
The homeowners behind the controversy are Steve and Virginia Pearcy. They released a statement saying, "There will always be people who are offended by political speech, and the most important forum of all ... is one's own residence. The First Amendment is meaningless unless dissent is allowed."
Some neighbors agree.
"Even if you don't agree with it, he has the right to state his opinion. I don't find it offensive at all," Land Park resident Cece Williams said.
The tension in the neighborhood has escalated into more than just a political feud.
The matter has been reported to the police department and to the city attorney. The city council has even heard about it, but says they can't solve the problem.
"Unfortunately or fortunately this is protected speech by the First Amendment ... so there is nothing we can do about it," Sacramento City Councilman Rob Fong said.
KCRA 3 received a call late Wednesday morning from the homeowner saying that a group of people had torn down the display. He said that what he did was not illegal, but what was done by the people who removed the display was.
Feb 9, '05
"I think it's the ultimate sign of disrespect"
I agree with the above statement.
But i'm getting really sick and tired of people doing disgusting crap like this and throwing the words "First Amendment" in people's faces as an excuse to do it.
The way that person chose to express their right to "Free Speech" offended me. Had this person made a likeliness of GWB and put a noose around it, i probably wouldn't be as offended by it.
Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Feb 9, '05
Feb 9, '05
Quote from beachnurse
i don't have a problem with people signing up & having to sacrifice to go to war when it's absolutely necessary. however, in this case, not only is it not necessary, it's a crock of ... ~ well...you get the picture.
moe i personally feel that if people did not expect to serve during wartime then they should never have signed up for the military. once you join, you are in it for the long haul, war or no war. i believe that there are people who go into the military knowing that they might have to go to war at some point, and they are willing to make the sacrifices involved.
i don't mind serving my country when it's boarders are threaten...but do go after the right people & not after a country that had absolutely no hand in the attack on us in '01...this to me is unacceptable! i don't want to hear about how bad sh was either cuz there are still bad men out there all over...but we're not trying to stop them are we...but i've digressed. getting back to the topic of soldiers...i also feel that back-door drafting is illegal...soldiers...particularly reservists are called to duty beyond their contracted commitments & sent on numerous deadly tours of duty...why? only to have benefits withdrawn or not followed through. i'll give you another thing that happened to me that's happening all over. as part of the contract to serve, soldiers are guaranteed the montgomery gi bill & tuition reimbursements. the recruiters don't tell the young folks that they have to literally pay for their college first & then start receiving their gi bill benefits...only contingent upon their unit's administrator's signature. they also don't tell them that they have to actually have to wait one solid year before they can file for any type of reimbursement. in my case, my unit administer (ua) transfered to another unit & we were without for over a year. i wasn't able to file for my reimbursements during the break...i tried going though other support units as well as our regional command. i got nothing but red tape. then when we finally did get another ua, she filed my paperwork alright...filed it right inside some desk drawers. i kept inquiring about my payment & was repeatedly put off. i inquired with the proper depts & they swear they had never received my paperwork. well lord 'n behold...this ua left us too approx one year after arriving & one of the officers found my filed paperwork stuffed inside a drawer :angryfire !!! i couldn't even submit that paperwork as it passed the cut-off date for that period. shortly after that incident, i was injured in the car accident & wasn't permitted to submit for payment. now...i'm not saying everyone will suffer my fate...but it's more common than not & *this* is unacceptable to me! why should soldiers have to keep their end of the bargain when uncle sam often doesn't?
then gwb has rolled back war-time pay because he officially declared *mission accomplished* months ago...yet these same soldiers are working in areas that are hazardous & for more time than what the original design of the reserve spells out. it's one thing to send the active duty soldiers cause that's *is* their jobs....but it's a totally other thing to send predominately reservists to fight a war (one that was officially deemed over mind you) full-time!!!
then there's the little matter of gwb wanting to cut veterans' future benefits....just how low can one man go?
Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Feb 9, '05