Letter to the Editor: Is Somerville Evicting Vets Now Who Fly Flags?

Dear Billy and Somerville News Weekly Speak Up Line,

So let me ask people this. My parent’s live in the sommerville housing unit at 1 capen court. Today my father and mother where visited by the chief of police of the sommerville housing authority. He told my father he faced eviction for placing 4 American flags on the grounds of the housing unit on flag day. What is wrong with a VETERAN placing the American flags on the grounds of federal government housing unit? Please share this post and end this bullshit. I always see people post going crazy for there dog or cat. This needs to be shared over and over that it is unacceptable to deny a VETERAN to place a flag on the grounds of a federal funded housing unit on flag day. Hopfully we get the message out.

A Somervillian for Ed Siekman

53 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Is Somerville Evicting Vets Now Who Fly Flags?”

  1. Somerville the “All America City” a.k.a. “The envelope Please” Elected officials are suppose to SERVE the citizens, In MA, especially Somerville, elected officials feel it makes them ENTITLED to take care of themselves and their friends first. To hell with the residents.

    Look at all of the relatives on the city payroll. All the real estate deals with the same names involved, the “front men”, etc. Banks that closed
    due to bad real estate deals some involving elected/appointed city officials.

    Somerville (along with 300+ MA cities/towns) pays a fee to the state
    for the “T” to operate. Now Somerville & Cambridge have floated (at taxpayers expense) $50 million dollar bonds to assist the “T” for the
    GLX thus hitting the residents with double jeopardy. Neither city should be paying this additional fee. The Universities with all the money from endowments and profit making research fees, should be paying for
    the GLX.

    The feds came and wipe out the old (blue collar) Mob. Today we have
    the white collar MOB. Elected officials and the esteemed Higher Education officials.

  2. I have nothing but the greatest respect for our flag and the veterans who have defended us. They are the greatest and our country is the greatest,
    but there are movements and forces and organizations that are actively trying to take our country down. We are not perfect, but we have done many admirable things throughout the course of history.

    God bless America, our veterans, and our people.

  3. It’s the American flag. It should be flown anywhere someone wants to display it. The isis flag was found hung up on a fence in nh. It was removed. Now the American flag is asked to be removed if this story is true? Complete bs . People better wake up or we will be just like London.

  4. What are the facts. We are only getting a tidbit of the story. And the spelling sucks.

  5. I read something as ridiculous as vets not being able to display an American flag in Somerville and it reminds me that I am so happy not to live in the state of Massachusetts anymore. Bunch of liberal nut jobs

  6. Seems very bazaar that on flag day, people are getting officers knocking on their front doors about having flags up!?! What the heck!? Do we not have anything better to complain about in our lives!? Pretty pathetic…. The veterans who serve and die for our country have to deal with this crap!?
    Absolutely absurd. People don’t even know how good they have it here…

  7. The United States Flag IS NOT A DECORATION, it is a symbol of freedom around the world…it is outrageous to tell a vet that he will be evicted if he does not remove the American Flag onFLAG DAY.
    we’re you there fighting with him for your right to fly that same flag.
    Protest people of Somerville….don’t let more of our freedom vanish!

  8. It’s amazing when a poorly written letter to the editor gets the local “sommerville” residents all riled up.

    Also while you’re stewing in your anger maybe you should check out the US flag code or the rules and regulations on outside decorations for Somerville Housing.

    1. The flag isn’t a decoration.Its a symbol of freedom that was won by men and woman veterans who fought for this great country we live in.A decoration REALLY! I bet you didn’t serve and if you did shame on you.How about Veterans before Immigrants.

      1. Who says I’m not a veteran who thinks sticking these little American flags around using them as decoration and not respecting the rules involved with displaying our proud flag are a travesty.

        I bet you wear flag shorts and have problem with sad wet flag in the rain. Being a Vet doesnt mean rules and laws don’t apply to you it means you are willing to fight for the ideas to uphold those laws.

    2. This letter is from my ex husband (who apparently doesn’t believe in spell check) and it is my former father in law who has had MANY run ins with the SHA, not just the flag issue. If I had no money and no place else to live, I might just shut my mouth and follow the damn rules.

  9. Leave the fuckin’ VETS’ alone! Give them a place to live, a stipend to live on and the CREDIT they deserve for fighting for our rights to fly a flag. Illegals with NO rights, have more rights than the men and women who fought for those rights. Is that last sentence inane? Yes, yes it is. But, Somerville has flown over the cukoo’s nest!

  10. So ONLY the people of Someville can get this POS out of office. Dont just talk about it, DO IT. Let that scumbag live in the immigrant infested projects if he chooses, but Somerville is a proud and great town, dont let him take it down the tubes.

  11. We need a bill signed off by Congress that simply states the American flag may be flown freely anywhere in the United States of America as long as flag etiquette is observed, without restrictions by housing or condo developments., and withou adding anything else onto the bill, like they usually do in congress.

  12. That is because Joe thinks he’s untouchable. He’s nothing but a fkn scumbag. He’s let all these immigrants of every nationality into this ONCE GREAT CITY so he can get their votes. He’s a slick POS that has his hand in the cookie jar. The new one is hehas threatened to take the Davis Square bowling alley by eminent domain if the owner does sell it so the douchebag Mayor can line his pockets by the builders. He’s a FUCKIN CROOK and hope he gets everything comin to him. I fuckin despise that piece of shit. Actually I’m insulting the word shit!!!

  13. It’s spelled AMERICA! And your mayor, Mr. Curtaphony, not unlike like Obama and Clinton love it just like OJ loved Nichole!!
    So put that in you bleeding heart liberal pipe and smoke it.

    1. Actually, Cambridge in many ways is better because they don’t rob their working class residents blind! Many of the homeowners in Cambridge are paying the same amount in real estate takes as they have 15 years ago. You know why? Because their city has allowed commercial developers to build thereby shifting the tax burden off residents.

      MIT and Harvard pay in lieu of– $10 million each year. There budget is large enough to manage expenses, even those unanticipated.

      The main reason our local residents struggle is because of the housing casino they created which only benefit them — some politicians and their friends within the domain of real estate enterprising.

      It was a poor plan from the get-go. Just to make a few rich, they sacrifice an entire city of local families so gentrification can take over. It’s a sell-out and we know it. Hopefully, karma comes back around before it’s too late.

  14. What reason was given? If Joe can fly his “black lives matter” banner, why can’t this man fly his country flag? I’d put up 50 more and dare them to take them down and have the news people there to ask why.

    1. That is because Joe thinks he’s untouchable. He’s nothing but a fkn scumbag. He’s let all these immigrants of every nationality into this ONCE GREAT CITY so he can get their votes. He’s a slick POS that has his hand in the cookie jar. The new one is hehas threatened to take the Davis Square bowling alley by eminent domain if the owner does sell it so the douchebag Mayor can line his pockets by the builders. He’s a FUCKIN CROOK and hope he gets everything comin to him. I fuckin despise that piece of shit. Actually I’m insulting the word shit!!!

      1. The bowling alley was taken by eminent domain. The owner could not have sold it if he wanted to. The POS let it happen. Why? Money in his own pocket sound familiar. The family that owns the bowling alley are wonderful people. All the children and grandchildren worked there so their fathers could have a two hour rest on the weekend. The owners mother helped her husband build up the business so their children would have it easier in their lifetime. Now it’s taken away. Where is the fairness?

        As for the American flag. One nation under God!!!!

  15. That is absolutely horriable! ! But yet they make it a sanctuary city if illegal immigrants. What is wrong with is world today.

      1. There’s nothing BUT poor grammar in this ridiculousness. Did you fact check??? My ex father in law is a nuisance to the SHA. He’s facing eviction for SEVERAL other reasons, not just the flags. Rules are rules. And when your housing is paid for you have restrictions. EVERY housing development has rules and regs, not just Somerville. They cannot let every single low income tenant do whatever they want.

  16. We now have a chief of police of Somerville housing?????,,, He’s threatening to evict veterans for placing flags. Does he realize that the housing was created for veterans returning home from World War II to raise families. Absolute horseshit!!!

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