Give Peace A Chance

In this undated photo provided by Lisa Jensen, a wreath is seen in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Pagosa Springs Colorado homeowners are battling over whether a Christmas wreath that includes a peace sign is an anti-Iraq war protest or even a promotion of Satan. (AP Photo/provided by Lisa Jensen) ** NO SALES **
AP Photo/Lisa Jensen
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I'm old enough to remember when the mere sight of a peace sign would really anger people. Tensions between pro and anti-war groups were high during the Vietnam Era. Some people proudly wore T-shirts that called the peace sign the symbol of the American chicken.

That all seemed like part of our ancient past, until last week when Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco put a wreath in the shape of a peace sign on the side of their house in Pagosa Springs, Colo. The local homeowners association got mad and told them they'd have to pay a $25 fine for every day it stayed up.

This week the association backed down, and its board members resigned. Some people in Pagosa Springs held a little rally on Tuesday to show their support. They carried peace signs and stomped a giant peace symbol in the snow on the soccer field.

The town of Pagosa Springs has even decided to put a peace wreath on the bell tower in the middle of town. Maybe peace isn't such a bad idea after all.

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By Harry Smith
By Harry Smith