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Mason Mill Resident Irritates Neighbors with Political Signs

James Edward Avery hangs signs criticizing everything from Christmas to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Mason Mill's James Edward Avery seems to be pushing his neighbors' tolerance of the freedom of speech.

The 50-year-old who lives on Mason Mill Road has irriated members of his community with political signs criticizing and lampooning everything from Christmas to former Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

From the story:

Avery, 50, describes himself as the community Lorax, named after the irascible Dr. Seuss character

But neighbors say they’ve had enough.

“People are afraid to walk past his property,” wrote Bobby Rasulina in a complaint sent to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. “His balloons are causing financial harm to property owners trying to sell or rent homes in the neighborhood.”

DeKalb’s Code Compliance Division spokesman Burke Brennan said the department has received numerous complaints about Avery.

“People have reached a point of frustration,” Brennan said.

Read the rest of the AJC story for more information.

What do you think? Does Avery have a right to post what he wants on his property? Or do his neighbors have a point? Tell us in the comments section below.

kierstin October 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Yes, he has the right. There's no neighborhood covenant or association prohibiting. People living around him should note that they could have bought elsewhere. I do wish resident luck as dealb selectively enforces code enforcement. An exampleof Mr. Ellis's interest in property values and selective zoning/code enforcement. He chose not to enforce zoning laws to deny T-mobile's 159ft cell towers, which were rushed through the board of education without proper public notice, for 9 area schools located in resdential areas. Did I mention 150 feet? A visual for scale would be the height of the statue/lady liberty plus radiation. But, have no fear Mr.Ellis might enforce the zoning ordinance against this man because there's no one lining anyone's pockets and this wouldn't create controversy for Ellis. Besides, in our neighborhood dekalb enforced the 10ft from the curbside zoning about our 12x12 yard signs in protest of the cell towers. They actually came out and removed some of them....wasn't that nice of them to help T-mobile associates who probably called it in. Can you feel the selective enforcement. This man should keep his signs and free speech. But in our country we have choices because we are free....we can choose from hundreds of types of donuts, or movies, and books to read but maeke no mistake people we have no free speech anylonger, not really, it is not a right anymore, when u need a permit to protest....is it.
wle atlanta II October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
corporations are people, now come on, remember that one? wle

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