- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is extremely irritating to read that a town-house resident in Atlanta is complaining that his homeowners association (HOA) will not permit the installation of solar panels on the roof of his town house (“Homeowner groups taking dim view on solar panels,” American Scene, Thursday).

The HOA said the dispute is about architecture and aesthetics (i.e., home values) and not a debate about “green energy.” The complaining owner in Atlanta says, “It’s like living under communism.” In the town-house community in which I live, we can’t paint our doors in fluorescent colors, have air-conditioning units sticking out of windows or install white roof shingles. In any town-house community in which the HOA turns a blind eye to the appearance and maintenance of the units, you are guaranteed soon to see home values plummet.

It’s obvious the resident in Atlanta doesn’t know the difference between communism and the free market. This resident is free to live in a community that has no standards and falling home values or in a community that enforces standards and increases home values. I am grateful my HOA has chosen the latter path.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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