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To the editor:
It’s a new year and what a wonderful time for change.
In the Tri County area prior to, during and after the 2008 primary and general elections, one of the most vocal and frequent complaints was the plethora of campaign signs of support of presidential down to local candidates. Signs were in the median strips and right of ways of our highways. Signs were on private property, vacant land, fence lines, billboards and crossroads. They were invading from everywhere. All space available found supporters planting a sign in support or opposition to someone or something. The entire episode gave birth to a new disease called Election Eye Pollution. (EEP)
Many of these signs were weather worn, blown over, obstructive, obnoxious, illegal and ugly. Last year I observed that most of the campaign signs posted illegally were supporting candidates for sheriff.
A good resolution for the county commissioners and/or city commissioners this year is to pass an enforceable ordinance restricting the location of and length of time campaign signs are permitted. I have visited cities which regulate the posting of campaign signs beginning three weeks prior to an election and must be removed one week after the election. You must get permission from the property owner and if signs were posted on public property you get busted too!
Commissioners, you can do it. Pass an Eye Pollution ordinance which can beautify our landscape and prevent mental anxiety at the same time. This would be a good change.