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Those offended by campaign signs should simply move to a country where voting isn’t allowed.
That’s a much better solution than the one being considered by the fiscal court, which would mandate the length of time campaign signs can be placed on private property.
Instigated by a handful of indignant people aghast at the number of signs and how long they were present during the previous election cycle, the fiscal court has already passed on first reading an ordinance that would allow signs only 45 days before and seven days after an election.
If the ordinance passes on second reading next week, magistrates will have mollycoddled the few at the expense of the many and grossly infringed on everyone’s private property rights.
The fiscal court has no business telling people what they can display in their yards, or how long they can leave it there. Although similar hideous ordinances exist in neighboring counties and the judicial courts have held that counties can do so, that doesn’t make it right, just legal.
Magistrate David Ruggles, one of three who voted against the proposed ordinance, had it right when he said the genesis of this problem is the public’s weariness of politicians in general. After being bombarded with hateful television ads for months on end last year, folks had simply had enough of politicians.
So in response, our politicians are now working to create a law that they think will punish other politicians too eager to put up signs at the onset of an election, or sore losers too bitter or lazy to pick them up when it’s over.
The unintended consequence, though, is a clear infringement on that little thing called freedom of speech.
If a person wants to keep his or her “Rand Paul for Senate” sign in the front yard year-round, or slaps up an “Obama 2012” sign six months before the election, what business is that of the fiscal court?
The answer: None, and that’s just how it should stay.
As for the freshly mollycoddled too delicate to drive down Broadway or North Main and see campaign signs in nearly every yard, we hear that the weather is great this time of year in Egypt, and it doesn’t appear there will be free and open elections there anytime soon.
Oh, you’ll have to tolerate the ongoing riots and will likely live under a dictator, but at least you won’t have to look at those awful campaign signs.
Let us know how that works out for you.
We beat the Super Bowl, again
We know there are a handful of people ignorant enough to believe that The Anderson News is on the verge of collapse based on reports about the health of newspapers nationwide.
As is usually the case, they’re wrong.
While the vast majority of people appreciate the work we do, some pray for us to fail.
To those in the latter category, cut this factoid out of the paper, crumple it up, stick it your proverbial pipe and smoke it.
Sunday’s record-setting Super Bowl was watched by an estimated 46 percent of US households and viewed by roughly a third of the population, according to various news reports.
That’s impressive by TV standards, but fairly ho-hum by ours.
By contrast, The Anderson News is consistently purchased by well over 50 percent of Anderson County households, and read by well over 50 percent of its residents.
No other media product comes close to that penetration rate, and unlike the Super Bowl, we don’t charge $100,000 per second to advertise.