hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


September 27, 2012

Political signs stifling our environment


Today, people won’t even pick a penny off the sidewalk, much less a dime.

No one passes out calling cards anymore. They don’t even encourage debates. It’s all about political signs. The more the merrier, it seems.

If people like me are turned off by them, don’t these politicians realize the detriment they’re causing. The onus is also on the homeowner who agrees to hide his property behind a sign. And who gives someone the right to abuse city and state property?

There’s a guy on my street who still displays a sign for “Ron Paul President.” Don’t they realize the guy bowed out of the race months ago? Either they’re too lazy to take the sign down or figure the candidate will be reincarnated.

Count me among those who can’t wait until we’re past the primaries and the finals. Only then will our environment be restored to its natural beauty.

In the words of Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth, “This land is our land” — and let’s preserve it.

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from the Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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