May 23, 2019

Visual pollution

Regarding Douglas Kazdoy’s Nov. 7 letter to the editor which suggested political signs were “visual pollution”: I concur that such signage is completely out of hand. To say that it is redundant understates the problem. Can anyone seriously believe that placing repetitive signage every 10 or 12 feet apart actually does any good? In some areas they become a traffic hazard.

For those who agree there is political signage overkill, get on your elected officials to enact ordinances that control the problem. I would guess that if this issue were left to the voters to decide, political signage would be a thing of the past. A great place to start would be with the State Department of Transportation – no signs in the right of way, period!

Maine is a beautiful place and a great place to live. One is led to wonder whether or not those we elect to represent us really give a hoot what it looks like. This last comment will no doubt lead to the reply that “it is only for a week two times a year,” but that is two weeks too much from this point of view.

Russ Irwin


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