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Colby Scudder

This letter is written as a tongue-and-cheek response to the flag waving woman’s “anti-American” statements against those who don’t like the super-sized display: Well, well, well. It’s the ole “you’re anti-American” argument that prevails once again with those who disagree with something, an “argument” that habitually pops into the mainstream during times of war, or at least in the South during a weekend barbecue brawl when talking about good ole G.W. Bush. This time it’s not centered around disagreeing with the war but instead it’s focused on a big American flag. A very big flag. A super-sized flag … and Ms. Flag Waver’s belief that those who dislike his purple poled display are, gasp, anti-American.So what’s the argument about? Is there one? Or are both sides right? No matter how big it might be, we have the right to wave Old Glory as proudly as possible. But sometimes big is, well, too big. So we also have the right to say, “Hey, Ms. Flag Waver, It’s too big” as we express our disdain about it. Now here’s the tough part. Those who dislike the super-sized flag are not being anti-American for expressing disdain about it, as Ms. Flag Waver has referred to them as being. Instead they are being patriotic as they exercise part of their First Amendment rights. Let’s use an example to illustrate this point so even a genius can understand. If I painted my 12,000-square-foot Main Street mansion red, white and blue, would I call those who hated the display anti-American? What if I painted all 12 chimneys gold or shimmering purple? Would I call the naysayers unpatriotic? No. Why? Freedom of speech. … Unfortunately when you call someone anti-American for disagreeing with you, you are doing so to discredit them or to get them to shut up or to inflict verbal injury upon them. And that is a form of raw censorship. Oops. So, Ms. Flag Waver, embrace your freedom of speech and display your big, purple flagpole with pride. I’ll do the same with my red, white and blue – gold trimmed house. But please oh please understand that those who disagree with you are not anti-American. They are patriotic Americans exercising freedom of speech. And if you keep calling them anti-American – with the premise of censorship – this might make you look anti-American for not understanding the Bill of Rights. And we know that you are far from being that … Thanks for waving the Old Glory, no matter how humongous it might be.Colby ScudderLexington, Ky.New purchaseBuilding our B&B, Villa Mariposa, on the beach in Tulum has reached yet another standstill. This is normal for the building process in Mexico, when it comes to construction on environmentally sensitive zones. We have been told that NOW an environmental impact study is required for all structures built on the beach. In the past, this article of the law, in fine print, was ignored for homes and smaller projects. Those who have tried to go around the law and get approval from the municipal government are being shut down until they comply with the environmental study requirement. We were originally told by an American builder in Mexico to expect at least six months for this permit process. It has been eight months now, and we will be elated to have both the title and the building permit sometime this summer.In the meantime, when we returned from traveling and had our car back, we decided to check out a piece of jungle property for sale. The 50 by 50 meter lot was located next to a friend’s house in Macario Gomez, only 18 km from Tulum (ie. Vail to Edwards). The property is off the well-traveled Coba road. It is in the verdant, lush jungle surrounded by some not-to-miss tourist attractions. You’ll find Coba ruins, Grand Cenote, Carwash Cenote and the Monkey Reserve less than 10 miles away. The colonial cities of Valladolid and Merida, and the famous Chichen Itza ruins are only a few hours away along the Coba road. This ruta Maya (route of Mayans) was heavily traveled by over 100,000 native inhabitants living along the connecting sac baes (white roads) that linked the many Mayan cities. When driving from Tulum, Macario Gomez is right after the first tope (speed bump) and consists of a dozen or so artesian shops, and fruit stands-snack bars along the road. A thriving village of locals lies beyond the road on both sides. It even includes a primary school. Each morning the maestro loudly broadcasts music and the local news to draw the children to class. The property for sale included a partially built two-story home constructed of wood, stucco and Styrofoam panels. We were told that water and electric were accessible. We met with the owner, a Swiss woman, who was anxious to sell it for $10,000 and move on with her life after a relationship with a Mexican ended. At this time we were unhappy with our rental on the noisy highway in Tulum, and decided an investment in our future would be better than the “sit and wait” mode we were in. A couple of nights later, the closing took place in an 8 by 8 concrete building in Macario Gomez. The office consisted of a desk, chair and a typewriter. The documents we received would lead us to getting our title after a survey was done on the property. The next day we left for Isla Holbox to celebrate Moe’s birthday. This beautiful Island is 100 miles north of Tulum and 75 miles west of Cancun. It is situated on a lagoon on one side and the merging waters of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico on the other. It is still a working fishing village where the economy is thriving. The locals seemed happy and had all their needs met. Cute small beach hotels are scattered along the shore and in town there are a smattering of restaurants to wet your appetite. It lacks the typical tourist shops, which was a welcome sight. The island is also popular with those of us who delight in shelling. Stay tuned to find out how the building of the bungalow in the jungalo progressed.Moe Mulrooney Lou PintkowskiMatter of patriotismHey people, have you forgotten already? Do you remember the horror sitting around the TV’s that morning and watching as body parts fell from those towers? Do you remember sitting glued to see what was happening next and next? And do you remember when those NYFD boys put that huge flag over that pile of rubble? Do you remember how that made you feel? PROUD to be an American, united with all Americans on the same plane of thought. Right after that, you couldn’t find a house that wasn’t flying an American flag. Or a car. They couldn’t keep “United We Stand” bumper stickers on the shelf. That flag stands for unity, and everything else good that the United States of America stands for. Fly your Garrison flag, Magnus, fly it proudly and I will be the first one to salute it.Stan GillisVail

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