Political candidates always pose as friends of the environment but most of them display the rankest hypocrisy. In local campaigns, laminated cardboard signs play a prominent role, turning up everywhere—along residential streets, even in public parks.
Of course these signs are ugly and meaningless—conveying no information beyond the name of the candidate and the office he or she is seeking. But they also pollute neighborhoods, since few campaigns bother to clean up after Election Day. All communities should ban such signs on public places. When it comes to lawn signs on front yards, that’s free expression on private property, but streets and playgrounds are a different matter. We don’t permit car dealers or furniture stores to put up unauthorized signs on public property; political candidates should face the same restrictions, or pay hefty fines.
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