The last month or so I’ve read more and more stories about people who want to do things that the “rules” say they can’t and then stories are written about them and the headlines they use, don’t really mean what they say.
Take this one for example. I’ve read this on several different blogs and have heard about it on the news and the main headline is “Mother facing jail for growing veggies.” I think it should read, “Mother facing jail for refusing to follow city guidelines.” I’ve read MANY MANY blog posts on this and people don’t seem to understand that it’s not about the “garden” but it’s about what you can and can’t do when you live where you live. While I think gardens are beautiful, I’m not sure I’d want my front yard next to one. I’ve known too many people who let their gardens go unattended. What about all the weeds, bugs and constant watering not to mention the people working in it all the time? I think a backyard would be fine but a front? I’m not sure if I lived in a city that I’d want that.
Then I read a blog post about a woman who bought a house in a “run down” and very low rent neighborhood because it’s what they could afford but the public school in the “hood” has a dress code of:
Pants: black, khaki or dark blue (no Dickies, Southpole or jeans).
Shirts: gray, white or yellow, must have sleeves and color (no patterns, designs, or logos other than the school’s logo).
Now this mother is mad and fighting the school because her son likes to wear Star Wars shirts and jeans. Well, hhhmmmm!!!! Then why did you buy a house in that school district? Everyone else there has to comply with that dress code and it’s there to try to prevent gang activity and make everyone feel equal. Obviously it’s been given a lot of thought or the administration wouldn’t have done it but now you want them to rewrite the rule handbook for you little precious?? Seriously??
Then I read this. Again, this seems extreme but they did bend and let them fly it for the holiday. But yet again, I feel, when you rent or live in an association or in the city that has ordinances, what makes you think “your cause” is different from anyone else’s? I can see an Olympian winner then wanting to hang the Olympian flag during the Olympics. Should this right be allowed? What about if you want to hang voting banners in your yard during an election? Should that be overlooked? Just what “things” should be let go and what “rules” should be enforced?
My mom lives in a Home Owners Association and she can’t have anything in her front yard other than flowers. No wind socks. No “yard jewelry.” No bird feeders. No “Go Vikings” banners. NOTHING. In the back it’s a little more liberal but not much. BUT WE KNEW THAT GOING IN. So once you’re “in,” what makes you think you can do what you want and if you can’t, you cause a big stink and then headlines are made up?? “Senior Citizen Goes To Jail For Loving The Vikings?!?!?! What makes people do stuff like this? It’s NOT about The Vikings. NOTHING IN THE FRONT YARD is the issue!
I think one of the things about these issues are the headlines that “grab” the news and you read the story and that’s not really what it’s about. It’s about someone who broke the rules but thinks their reason is okay.
So, what do you think? Should rules be bent and if so, who for? Is one person more “special” than the next?