Businessman hangs patriotic sign after initially being told to take it down

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Rudy Kocman is proud to be an American. So when his wife suggested that he put a sign on the lawn of his insurance business that says ‘Celebrate Freedom,’ he listened. “We thought we would just put a really nice patriotic message out there,” Kocman said.

The community put their unofficial seal of approval on the sign as well. “We have people over there fighting for us and I think this is just one man’s way of saying thank you,” York County resident Deanna Tabackin said.

Not everyone in Springettsbury Township feels the same way. Rudy said on Tuesday, a Springettsbury Township Code Officer cam and told him to take it down. “There could be fines of up to five hundred dollars a day,” Kocman said. “So that caught my attention, and being a small business owner that’s a relatively big number.”

Rudy went back to the township and they told him that he could display the sign under certain conditions. “We needed to number one get a permit,” Kocman said. “And number two, the sign has to be attached to the building.”

Kocman purchased the $25 permit, and he hung the banner on his building. Kocman said he plans to keep the sign up this weekend and possibly longer. “We may just reapply then for another fourteen day permit and keep it up through the summer,” Kocman said.


  • ted

    Why take it down if it a fends anyone o well it is American that is who we r we live and die for our freedoom if they dont like it leave we already bend over backwards f I r to many people remember u cameto this ccountry we didn't ask you so it is our pledge that we say and been saying for years and I will not stop saying it I dont care who I hurt I was born in America and iam proud so if u r reading this and u r hurt no apologies from me u choose to come hear we didn't beg u so live with it if I went to there country and said I feel offended they would stop so why should we get some balls America that is our freedom leave the banner up if they don't like it then don't read it IN GOD WE TRUST AMEN

  • James

    Good job to the writer of this article. In a time where patriotism is at an all time high, you drew us in expecting to read some story about an “unpatriotic community” but instead covered something entirely different. Sometimes, a story about zoning can be effective to local business owners who are thinking about going something similar.
    I just wish that commenters would actually read the article before commenting in a nonsensical run-on rant that is completely unrelated to the article.
    Eames, hats off to you!
    Happy Fourth of July!

  • Finkster

    So the Township requires you to have a permit to express your Rights of Freedom Of Speech.
    Do like I did a few years back. Chase the codes officer off your private property. And tell him to go get a warrant from a Judge if he ever comes back.

    • James

      Finkster, they are not requiring a permit for freedom of speech, they are requiring a permit for a sign. And that permit requires a sign to be properly secured.
      Just imagine everyone deciding to put up unsecured banners. With winds like today, do you really think the banners would have stayed in place long? No, they would have blown all over the roads and could have caused accidents.
      Laws like this are put into place to prevent future mishaps and to protect everyone.

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