By Daniel Flatley
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign,” marks the refrain of popular 1970 protest song criticizing society for restricting the freedom of expression of “long-haired freaky people,” aka “hippies.”
Forty-three years later, a self-described old hippie is fighting the town of Watertown for the right to erect his own large sign on the front lawn of a house owned by his father. Robert J. Comenole is a native of Watertown, though he has not lived here for many years.
[Robert J. Comenole] said he has had some preliminary discussions with attorneys interested in taking up his case, including lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Competitive Politics.