In regards to Tuesday’s front-page article “Man at center of dispute defends tactics,” as a resident of the Lake Linganore community for over 15 years, I beg the opportunity to respond.
Lake Linganore is a unique community, and people live here for a reason — we share common interests in how we will live. We make a free choice to live here. Choosing to live by our community rules is not a mandatory decision, but one made in the true fashion of American freedom. An individual must read, agree to and freely sign a covenant, a set group of rules for homeowners, prior to purchasing a home in Lake Linganore.
The homeowners in Lake Linganore pay monthly dues for the luxury of a community that is maintained and has amenities. I feel it is important to state that Shaun Porter was not a homeowner and rented the property in which he resided. Porter was enjoying the amenities of a maintained community while obviously not participating in the true interests of the communal group.
I have no problem with individuals publicly displaying their “rights.” However, please do so on your own property and on your own dollar. Individuals such as Porter should choose to reside in a neighborhood, or parcel of land, which is not supported by a dues-paying community with specific, agreed-upon covenants. Personally, I thank our Founding Fathers for my right to decide to live in a community that has governing documents.