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  • Bec0522 Jan 25, 9:47 a.m.

    Too bad that man didn't get to see justice serviced. Town of Cary sucks...

  • iluvjunk Jan 22, 7:48 p.m.

    FYI, you can go outside in Cary in your PJs, no law against that. The only thing preventing you is you own self confidence. I grill on the back porch in my boxers sometimes. I have a Jeep in the side yard and several cars in the driveway. I can put up my own signs so long as they conform to the regs. I can even fly the flag if I want. So Cary isn't as bad as you play it up to be.
    GravyPig
    January 22, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    You made my point for me. Where I live we DO NOT have to comply or conform to City Regulations.

  • Bartmeister Jan 22, 7:17 p.m.

    Let the ACLU pay the fees.

  • lwe1967 Jan 22, 7:10 p.m.

    This is a State issue. The feds shouldn't have have been in on in to begin with. What has happened to States Rights. The feds are taking everything away from the States.

  • stthomp67 Jan 22, 6:53 p.m.

    So how much did this appeal cost Cary residents?
    Just like Cary to save face and spit on a deceased man.

  • GravyPig Jan 22, 6:07 p.m.

    Well said NCCaniac.

  • Marty King Jan 22, 5:47 p.m.

    Cary, yankee laws for Yankees.

  • NCCaniac Jan 22, 5:29 p.m.

    Everyone who is saying Cary is unfair here...stop and think about they have to respect the rights of not only this homeonwer, but all the other homeowners. If you were a neighbor to this person who spray paints a protest sign on his house, what does that do to YOUR property values? What about your rights? The town was trying to balance his right to free speech with the rights of his neighbors, plus the safety issues it caused on the road with people gawking at the sign. He had the right to make his point by posting a sign that was allowed. He chose not to do so.

    With the way political discourse has gone in our country where people cannot discuss things calmly with each other, I am glad Cary has regulations on signs so that my neighbor can't decide to put a large billboard right next to my property.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 22, 5:19 p.m.

    all i can say is the neighboorhood where that house is looks pretty good today and someone made some fast cash on using their head and flipping the house.

  • samr Jan 22, 5:12 p.m.

    Cary can put up an ugly green road information sign that usually has nothing on it but takes action against a homeowner. Cary is a good town but its laws are a bit draconian. I like how the attorney takes the court's ruling that the 1st amendment rights were not violated and makes a statement about fair and balanced treatment. She has been watching too much Fox News.

  • shotgun_willie Jan 22, 5:11 p.m.

    That makes a lame town even lamer. Congratulations Cary, for trying to vilify a dead man.

  • SouthernPackerFan Jan 22, 4:43 p.m.

    Hey good for you Cary, beat a dead guy in Court'

    Big win there guy's

  • Nancy Jan 22, 4:20 p.m.

    Basements in this area are not that common and not always dry, but when Cary built that road up and the sidewalk level was equal to the level of the top of his front door, ya, it added much more drainage onto his property.

  • GravyPig Jan 22, 4:16 p.m.

    ""What ever happened to the drainage problem the town CAUSED?" - veyor

    You mean, for the house that already had basement sub pumps before the road work was started? Looks like the people flipping the house did some landscaping to resolve the issue.....and the general lack of home maintenance issue as well."

    The house looks soooooooo much better now. Amazing what some upkeep will do for a place.

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 22, 4:09 p.m.

    His ghost will haunt them forever.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Jan 22, 3:55 p.m.

    Thank you lewiskr45! You are exactly right. May he rest in peace, but David Bowden simply wanted to get rid of his house without hiring a realtor like most everyone else does. He was in the wrong. Period. His kids fixed it up beautifully since he passed and a family lives there now. The whole stupid story needs to just be put to rest once and for all.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 22, 3:51 p.m.

    the guy was a cooke. the court proves he was wrong and it cost his estate alot of money after he died and they tried to sell the house. someone bought the house, used common sense, fixed the problems and flipped it for a nice profit.

  • iluvjunk Jan 22, 3:45 p.m.

    I would not live in Cary if my life depended on it. Too many snooty rules to follow. I'll stay on my 3 acres in the country where I can put up signs, fly the stars and bars, walk outside in my PJ's and park as many cars in my yard as I want to. And no, I'm not a rednek {WRAL would not let me use the correct speling}...I just don't like anybody telling me what to do on my OWN property.

  • RUSTYROVER Jan 22, 3:44 p.m.

    Just one more reason never to buy a house in Cary

  • kikinc Jan 22, 3:38 p.m.

    veyor-Cary wanted to come in and fix his property before they expanded so that he wouldn't have the drainage problem. He denied them. He needed to take a bit of responsibility for the issue. He had lived in the house since 1992, and the Maynard Rd expansion had been on the books since the 1980's. He should have known.

  • NCCaniac Jan 22, 3:36 p.m.

    "What ever happened to the drainage problem the town CAUSED?"

    It was never clear that the town caused the drainage problem. (Other neighbors had said they had seen drainage issues on the property prior to the road construction.) The town did offer to help make improvements on the drainage but the homeowner did not want that. He wanted the town to buy his house from him. Once again, if the town agreed to that with the limited evidence, it would set the precedent for all kinds of people to claim the town should buy their house from them. The town was trying to protect larger expenditures of tax dollars by having a precedent set.

  • NCCaniac Jan 22, 3:32 p.m.

    "Now how much did this appeal cost the town of Cary? And what was the point? I mean, were they trying to get their money back or save face here?"

    The point was that if the town did not fight it then anybody who wanted to put a large billboard in their yard or on their house could do so, even if you as a neighbor of that person objected. The town's sign ordinances do allow you to put any message you want on a sign in your yard as long as it is within the rules for the size and location of the sign.

  • jcthai Jan 22, 3:25 p.m.

    Oh, lordy, I knew this would bring out the constitutional experts. Yeah, folks, you know more than some dumb ol' federal judges, ha ha ha.

  • JustAName Jan 22, 3:24 p.m.

    "What ever happened to the drainage problem the town CAUSED?" - veyor

    You mean, for the house that already had basement sub pumps before the road work was started? Looks like the people flipping the house did some landscaping to resolve the issue.....and the general lack of home maintenance issue as well.

  • lewiskr45 Jan 22, 3:20 p.m.

    Good, he violated the ordinance and he was punished accordingly. This had NOTHING to do with the message, everything to do with HOW it was conveyed. If he had followed the ordinance, he could have displayed his message legally. He also repeatedly refused help from town officials to correct the problem that caused him such angst, so really, he was wrong to criticize the town at all.

  • mstrspydog Jan 22, 3:16 p.m.

    so after the guy died the city wasted tax payer money fighting it.

  • veyor Jan 22, 2:54 p.m.

    What ever happened to the drainage problem the town CAUSED?

  • Paul M Jan 22, 2:53 p.m.

    One more right takein away

  • mroch123 Jan 22, 2:36 p.m.

    Goodbye US Constitution! Indeed, those who swore to uphold it have instead sabotaged it.

  • tired2 Jan 22, 2:35 p.m.

    Good for Cary....the point had to be made that town by-laws can and should be enforced. This guy created his own problems...was only trying to get something he did not deserve. This should stop all future free-loaders.

  • Inter Alios Jan 22, 2:34 p.m.

    The 4th Circuit sides with the government every chance it gets. It should be disbanded by Congress.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 22, 2:19 p.m.

    Still have the Supreme Court to go to and he should.

    He is DEAD........Heaven does not have a court of appeals sorry.

  • Scubagirl Jan 22, 2:14 p.m.

    Little late for HIM to go to court again, perhaps his family?

  • dcatz Jan 22, 2:12 p.m.

    He is dead. Why are they wasting taxpayer money on this?

  • smcallah Jan 22, 2:11 p.m.

    Still screwed by the town of Cary even after death. :(

  • jlh4jdj Jan 22, 2:07 p.m.

    Good to see all the resources and money of the government going to help those in need.

  • immaannoid Jan 22, 2:05 p.m.

    Clearly it is unconstitutional. Hopefully, the ACLU will appeal them.

  • Sherlock Jan 22, 2:02 p.m.

    Still have the Supreme Court to go to and he should.

  • xylem01 Jan 22, 2:00 p.m.

    Now how much did this appeal cost the town of Carey? And what was the point? I mean, were they trying to get their money back or save face here? To me, it all seems moot.

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