LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What's the harm in Reece Rose campaign signs?
June 26, 2008 · Updated 8:57 AM
To the editor:
In rebuttal to the “Rose signs bloom much too early” letter I wish to express the following opinion.
It is interesting to read Mark Gaggia’s letter complaining about the “barrage” of signs advocating Reece Rose for public office. I get the impression the landscape is literally blanketed with HUGE billboards. On my way from Langley to Oak Harbor I counted three (maybe four) of these monstrous eyesores ruining my view of the homes where junk cars and unidentified trash litters their property. Well, perhaps I exaggerate a trifle, but trifling with the American political process is walking on thin ice.
In answer to the question; is there a law concerning signs along the roadway? You bet there is. Any road sign erected by the county is positively legal. In addition, any political sign announcing a candidate for public office is not only legal, but a crime to be taken down by unauthorized hands.
It might be enlightening to the readers to know that Reece Rose is not trotting around posting signs for herself. A volunteer committee for the election of Reece Rose put up those signs.
If a person took the time to investigate, one might discover that Reece is a fine, patriotic lady with a sense of responsibility to her fellow islanders. She is willing to dedicate herself to the improvement of Island County government because she sees a need and is willing to step up and risk the abuse politicians expose themselves to.
How long should a person campaign for public office? A month? Six months? A year? Is there a scale to measure by? The dozen contenders for the presidency started a long time ago. Do voters realize how many public offices go unopposed at election time? Do you know how many candidates are running for county commissioner?
When the county sheriff’s office was up for election I saw the highway littered with signs from all four candidates. Strange how no one complained at the time.
Mr. Gaggia mentioned he spoke to the county about the signs and according to his letter, “It seemed to chap the person’s hide.” I can’t help but wonder in what context was the question asked. I have been to the county offices any number of times and met with courteous, interested persons who went out of their way to help me. Maybe someone should brush up on his etiquette?
The letter sites an example; what if 20 people put up signs? I, for one, would say “bravo.” We have 20 public-minded people running for public office unafraid of the political fallout in the Opinion Page of The Record.
It is interesting to note that
Mr. Gaggia is under the impression the election is in November. Actually it occurs in August.
Mr. Gaggia also mentioned that he might run for election in 2012. I shall wait breathlessly for his signs on the highway announcing his candidacy.
In reference to the belief that people do not police themselves.
I must disagree because I know the majority of people are better than that. Perhaps I am not nearly as cynical as some, but then maybe I’m naïve. After all, I’m only 71 and still have much to learn.
Richard M. Brauer