In the News: Watertown Daily Times: Watertown man’s landscaping nightmare turns into First Amendment crusade

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.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.