The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

August 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/12/12



Opal Casey



Sick of signs 

Dear Editor:

As another local election time is upon us, articles are again in the news about political signs being posted illegally in our community. I’ve also heard that city officials have been receiving complaint calls about these signs.  

It’s funny (maybe to some) that politicians would complain to our mayor when their signs are missing. This fact alone proves that the politicians knew where the signs were illegally placed. Tickets should have been issued instantly. Mayor (Ronnie) Marks stated city crews have removed some of the illegal signs. I don’t think taxpayer’s money should be used for this purpose nor should the signs be stored and returned.

I do think the police department, or an appointed official should issue littering tickets to sign owners for each and every sign that is placed illegally; then and only then should the sign be removed and destroyed. At least the city would receive income to cover the expense of city/county employees that put in the time for removal. Tickets would also help to deter future illegal signs. I still see signs on poles from elections more than two years ago.

If a citizen throws a paper bag or cup onto the roadway, a ticket can be (I think it should be) issued. Political and other signs (plastic, cardboard, wood or metal) look a lot worse and last a lot longer than a paper bag or cup. Our road grass cutting crews have a tough time cutting the roadways as it is, they don’t need more debris in their way.

It’s a shame that a person who wants to work as a leader for us, would violate city, county and state laws and make our community look like a giant flea market.

I’m asking our county and city officials to ask law enforcement leaders to start issuing tickets for each illegal political, real estate, yard sales, church sign-ups, roof repair and the large auction signs.  It’s easy … their names are on the signs.  

Non-political signs are illegally posted all year long.

Maybe after a few months/years our roadways will look better for our community and our visitors. Other states and cities have great regulations and enforcement that results in keeping their roadways looking great. Maybe we can do the same someday?

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