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Editorial: Memo To: All Candidates, Democratic and Republican From: A Weary Public Re: About Those Signs

Signs spring up like mushrooms before elections. And after elections...sorry politicians, to us they are just.... litter. Those signs spell TROUBLE. It must be a tradition.

Candidates spend a fair amount of money on them, ever hopeful that their message will sway some undecided voter.

Inevitably, they disappear before the election which starts a flurry of accusations of dirty tricks. In this last campaign, one candidate informed us that one supporter had positioned a security camera on his sign which picked up a “older couple in an old car” who systematically went down Baker Hill Road plucking the signs of Republicans. The image was too blurry to identify the car plate or the individuals. It was understandable that the candidate was hoppin’ mad about it.

Frankly, it seems to us that the only real purpose that signs serve is to remind people that 1. there is an election; 2. the date 3. that your neighbor doesn’t mind proclaiming to one and all their voting preference.

But, did you ever decide to vote for someone based on one of those signs? Did you ever smack your head and say, “Wow, what a sign...move over...let me vote now!”?

I didn’t think so.

My thought is always: How long will it take after the election for my neighbors to meekly take that darn sign down?

Those signs are still strewn all over. Are the winners leaving them up to just rub it in? Are the losers too depressed to make sure they’re down?


Here’s a suggestion. Next time, make up signs with the dates, times and info about voting and leave off the names. That way the sign makers will still make money, people will be informed to go vote, and folks won’t sneak around in the middle of the night stealing them.

- Carol Frank