Political Signs Mar Austin's Beauty

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 15, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I am madly in love with Austin. We live in a very beautiful city, which is why it bothers me so much to see so many political-ad signs all over Austin, some as large as a small car. They started popping up about two months ago, and the next election isn’t till March!
    Those signs are eyesores and are essentially litter. Many are placed in the right-of-way, which is totally illegal. I believe this is an abusive form of advertising. It’s an abuse of our otherwise beautiful city.
    I will never vote for any of the following candidates because of their ugly, abusive, and illegal advertising on public property: Jim Coronado, Ron Paul, Alonzo Reyes, John Lipscombe, Carlos Barrera, Judge Andy Hathcock, and Maria Canchola. There are many more, and I add to that list frequently.
    Yes, that’s right, Ron Paul, too. I called his local campaign office about a month ago to let them know that I’m seeing their political-ad signs on telephone poles all over town, which is illegal. They said they’d put a stop to that, and since then, I’ve seen new Ron Paul signs on even more telephone poles. So Paul’s people blew it. And Judge Andy Hathcock … a judge should know better!
    I urge all voters who care about the general appearance of our city to avoid voting for any candidate for any office who chooses to trash our precious city. Then call them, and let them know. They can take the money they spend on those signs and channel it into TV, radio, newspaper, and other legitimate forms of advertising. Votes should be earned using respect.
Joe Zamecki
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