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Political "littering" needs to be addressed

A Column by the Editor

web posted October 4, 2007
COLUMN – The primary is over and Shane Massey has been given the Republican nod to challenge Democrat SC House Rep. Bill Clyburn for the District 25 Senate seat on November 6. Both are fine men and I expect a true issue based campaign to take place over the next few weeks. Finally voters can get down to issues and not have to be inundated with daily mailers with claims of being attacked while attacking your opponent. I, for one, am tired of the crybabies of the political arena and want to get down to issues. But a pet peeve of many should be addressed - when you lose, how about picking up your political signs as quickly as you put them out.

The primary has passed, the run-off election has passed, and yet there are still signs that, in my view, are “littering” our roadways. As I travel the county I am seeing the same signs from all of the Republican primary candidates still sitting in the same locations. Maybe the Edgefield County Council, who loves to pass ordinances, could consider one stating that candidates have one week to remove their signs after an election or be fined $5 for each one picked up by county road crews or litter control. Better still would be to fine them for littering, a much stiffer penalty, for each incident.

It is funny how a candidate will call police and state how “valuable” the signs are when they are stolen but then leave them for weeks, and in some cases months, after the election hoping they rot, are stolen, or fall prey to some other demise. I passed one last week that has been out since the 2006 election cycle.

That is absurd.

If the signs continue to remain around our county I will begin taking pictures and posting them in the Wandering Minds and where the sign is located. I will make sure the name on the sign is clearly visible.

As far as Rep. Bill Clyburn (D) and Shane Massey (R) are concerned, I wish you well in your endeavors and may the best man win.

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