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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 15 01:24 AM

Jan 15, 2009: Fighting City Hall

Anthony Herman is fighting city hall in Polk City, Iowa. As a matter of fact he's been fighting city hall for three years, with no end in sight.

He realizes that some people tend to look askance when they see 8-inch-tall letters calling city leaders names not generally popular with the chamber of commerce.

But Herman, a car salesman now embroiled in a three-year legal battle with Polk City officials, insists he doesn't have any choice.

"This isn't what I want to be," said the owner of Mighty Good Used Cars, as well as an adjoining lube shop and a car wash. "I don't want to be the crazy person with the crazy sign out front. ... What else am I supposed to do?"

City leaders say Herman's messages have drawn complaints from some residents - mostly parents who came across them while transporting small, reading-age children - but insist that the city has no plans to try to interfere with his right to free speech.

"A lot of people are coming out of the woodwork to look at it," Heuertz said of the sign. "So tourism's not a problem ... .
I guess in Iowa, freedom is alive and well.


wolf  Thursday Jan 15 02:13 AM

Puts me in mind of that restaurant in/near Pittsburgh.

corydodt  Thursday Jan 15 02:55 AM

Man, what? We're obviously getting only one side of the story here. What did he do to draw their harassment? Was it deserved or not?

SPUCK  Thursday Jan 15 04:38 AM

What did he do to draw their harassment?
Too many letters on his sign.

capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 15 07:53 AM

Originally Posted by corydodt View Post
Man, what? We're obviously getting only one side of the story here. What did he do to draw their harassment? Was it deserved or not?
Click on link
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capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 15 07:57 AM

I'm surprised they haven't cited him for a distraction. I am sure he is basking in the publicity. Truth be known, that's his angle from jump street.

Medic63  Thursday Jan 15 11:21 AM

Originally Posted by wolf View Post
Puts me in mind of that restaurant in/near Pittsburgh.
This one?

WillieO  Thursday Jan 15 01:05 PM

Do ya 'spose I could put up a sign like that about my boss who just laid me off?

classicman  Thursday Jan 15 01:51 PM

sorry to hear that WillieO. Go for it - see what happens.

Pie  Thursday Jan 15 02:21 PM

It might give pause to possible future employers, tho. One rule of interviewing is to never badmouth your previous bosses -- the person interviewing you knows if they hire you, they will be your 'previous' boss someday.

Cicero  Thursday Jan 15 04:00 PM

Huh. I am going to use my freedom of speech too.

capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 15 06:01 PM

I wondered if I was the only one.

WillieO  Thursday Jan 15 09:11 PM

Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, I know interviewing etiquete. And even though the old guy is on my "naughty list" for next xmas, it's really the California ecomomy to blame. 16 people laid off and a large printing plant shuttered for 6-9 months sucks. But thanks for the nice words. 'nuf sad stuff, on with the fun!

monster  Thursday Jan 15 10:26 PM

here ya go, WillieO...

Pie  Thursday Jan 15 10:45 PM

Save that one for the next calendar, Mons.

newtimer  Thursday Jan 15 10:50 PM

Couldn't city hall just send the spelling police after him? What with quik, lieing, councl, and nasi, they should have enough of a case to make the idiot close his business while he goes back to complete the third grade.

At least he spelled 'turd' correctly. His mother must be proud.

wolf  Friday Jan 16 09:54 AM

Nobody ever has a complete set of those sign letters. I think Nazi was spelled with a backwards 2, wasn't it? You can tell from the first sign (look at the Y in mayor) that he doesn't have any Y's.

He's doing the best he can with what he's got.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 16 11:00 AM

And space he's got.

Gravdigr  Friday Jan 16 11:01 AM

I think I like this guy.

classicman  Saturday Jan 17 01:49 AM

on top of all that - he's creative

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