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Opening Arguments

Flower power

Today's metaphor for life -- feel free to give it to your high school sophomore for the next theme due. (Do they still have to write themes in high school these days?)


Kimberly Bois’ tiny front yard garden isn’t much to look at right now. But in a few weeks, it’ll be in full bloom, and every blossom will cost her dearly.

Even though she says her builder gave her permission to do a little planting, the current condo board now says she’s in violation.

They’re charging the Portsmouth, New Hampshire homeowner $50 a day for being so petal pushy. That fine has reached close to $6,000, plus the board’s legal fees.

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The association’s bylaws don’t expressly forbid planting flowers on your property, Bois explains, nor do they explicitly allow it.

Board members have told Bois they just want all the units to look the same.

Yeah, man, trying to live your life by society's rules is like growing a pretty little flower garden and having the condo board tell you they want all the units to look the same. Think I'll start me a movement or something. Occupy Reality.

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