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Clean Up Political Signs After Nov. 6

October 30, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

In some places, much of the evidence later this week that strong winds have struck the area will be pieces of multi-colored signs strewn around beside local streets and highways. They will be signs placed by the thousands around our area in support of political candidates.

While we share some of the distaste many local residents have about political signs, they are proof of the health of our system of government, and of the First Amendment - freedom of speech - to our Constitution. Hard-fought campaigns for office are part of what makes our nation great.

But as we have commented for many years, leaving the signs in place after an election amounts to no more than littering, however. A few candidates, whether they win or lose elections, don't seem to worry about removing their promotional signs.

If campaign signs have been blown down, perhaps torn apart, by this week's storm, they ought to be removed immediately by candidates or their supporters. In any event, political signs should not be left in place more than a few days after the election, a week from today.

Removing one's campaign signs promptly after an election is a demonstration of responsibility. Leaving them in place for weeks or months is a signal of irresponsibility, on the other hand - and it is something voters should remember.

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