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Signs popping up
March 6, 2012 - Jim Smith
Tis that time of year again when roadside political signs pop up with the same disgusting frequency as summer crabgrass.
Major intersections and the grassy knoll at the cemetery along Murdock Avenue will be littered with campaign signs for everything from local to state to national candidates trying to get their name before the voting public.
And, all that is accomplished is making an area look trashy, especially when the election is over but the signs remain tattered, torn and yellowing in the weather.
Political signs and stickers are banned on highway shoulders, on traffic signs and in right of ways, but that doesn't stop those who want to get their names out to the public and possibly face a fine for breaking the law, which should say something adverse about the candidate and his/her supporters.
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox each election season reminds candidates and their supporters that signs placed in the road right of way will be removed by Department of Highway workers and the signs will be stored for a short time at DOH offices.
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