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OPINION

If you signed up pull the signs up

We’re now a week or so removed from the 2018 General Election. Wounds are being licked by the defeated candidates. Plans are being made by those elected. By publication time for this issue, the canvass of the election in Lincoln County will likely have been completed.

We regularly drive around the county, whether delivering our Sentinels and Journals on Tuesdays, or brining free Lincoln Times to post offices on Thursday. This affords us a chance to see Lincoln County up close. We see the main roads, be it Route 3, Route 10, or Route 214. But we travel along rural routes as well. As election day draws near, we observe political signs in yards and on billboards, on buildings and on vehicles. We also see the signs scattered along the public highway, illegally placed by either candidates or there supporters.

Every time election season rolls around, we routinely call out the sign silliness. First of all, signs don’t win elections. Secondly, defacing or destroying signs is a crime. Thirdly, placing them on public property is simply wrong. It seems they all turn a blind eye to this. If one guy does it, they all do it. And if they’re all doing it, it appears our Highways personnel simply don’t have the resources to be running around the county removing signs. 

After election day, signs come down. We met a few last week, as early as election day, taking down their signs and storing them away for another run, perhaps. We saw some signs still up six days later, in public places, on public property. 

We urge everyone to take down their signs. They serve no purpose now other than to litter the landscape and remind us of battles won or lost. 

Meanwhile, it’s just over 400 days until candidates will begin filing for the 2020 contests. Give us a call here at the newspaper. We can help design your signs. However, we won’t help you put them up or take them down.