Dang Those Pet Chickens!

Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have a great heart for Africa. They’ve put billions of their own dollars into improving life for those in the third world. Recently, Gates made a somewhat startling statement. He said that Africans could double their annual income if each person had two chickens.

We’re not talking chickens in a pot, we’re talking about creating a continent-wide industry, eggs, protein, new income sources. When the average person in the third world earns just two dollars a day, generating a new source of income actually makes common sense. Although silly at first blush, Gates’ comments are actually another stroke of genius.

Ah, but our topic is Homeowners Associations. And here in America we’re suffering from a nationwide plague, a disease outbreak called ‘Homeowners Associations.’ And the typical HOA board doesn’t like chickens. (How the heck did Ward make this turn?)

In Roswell, Georgia, another HOA is threatening to take away the home of a couple who have two pet chickens in their back yard. The family loves the chickens, they share the eggs with neighbors, nobody has complained about the clean and quiet birds. Still, the HOA says if the chickens aren’t gone within 10 days, they’ll start fining the family a hundred bucks a day.

I promise not to use the word, ‘foul,’ here. I just want to say that Homeowners Associations are a bigger threat to American freedom than a couple of backyard chickens.

(link to chicken story in Roswell, Georgia)


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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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