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All over but the sign removal

November 3, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

By the time you read this, it all will be over. Votes will have been counted. Winners will be rejoicing. Losers will be wondering what, if anything, they should have done differently.

But it won't quite all be over. Nearly all of the political campaign signs found by the thousands along our streets and highways will remain in place.

Let's remove them in record time this year.

Campaigning by use of signs placed where the public will notice them is a time-honored tradition in America. It is evidence of our heritage of free speech.

Once elections are over, however, political signs become no more than unsightly litter. In some places they are so thick it is difficult to see the grass under and behind them.

For several years we have been very pleased at how candidates - both winners and losers - dealt with their campaign signs. Nearly all of them have been removed within days of elections.

We hope that will be the case again this year. We urge candidates to mobilize their supporters to make that happen.

We also remind voters to take note of candidates who allow their signs to remain in place for weeks and sometimes months. If a candidate won't remove his signs, what confidence can we have - should he ever run again - in other promises?



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