Harriet Vallen Is A Brave Woman

guest blog by Nila Ridings

There is one thing I have never figured out about HOAs. Why do they hate the American flag so much? Why is it so wrong to be patriotic in an HOA? What is it about the stars and stripes that irritates the nerves of an HOA board so badly?

Harriet Vallen currently lives in The Ranches HOA in Eagle Mountain, Utah and she is moving to another home inside this same HOA. She is taking her magnetic American flag mailbox wrap with plans to attach it there. I say “plans” because she may change her mind when she learns how brutal the HOA board can be over something as small as a flag on the mailbox or in a flower pot. Remember Larry Murphree in Jacksonville, Florida among many others?

Mrs. Vallen has apparently stood up to this HOA board in the past. She is on their radar screen now. It’s just a matter of time before she’ll wish she had moved miles and miles away from The Ranches in Eagle Mountain. It won’t be long before those letters will arrive on the letterhead of the HOA attorney’s office. Oh, how I wish I could have a sit down visit with Harriet!

I did find several bits of humor in the video. One shot shows the back of an enclosed trailer parked on the street with the tire on the curb. Another shows a travel trailer attached to a pick-up truck and parked on the street. And it appears the mailbox is leaning towards the street with chips in the brown paint. All of that, but the focus is on the removable magnetic American flag. Most of all, I cracked up seeing the dinner bell used as the “A” on The Ranches entrance sign. It makes me wonder? Do they ring that at six o’clock sharp and every homeowner must sit down for dinner or be found in violation of The Ranches “time to eat” rules?

Keep in mind the more power these HOAs get, the more power they want! And their lobbyists will see to it they get it!

(link to KSL story on the next big nastiness)

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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