Editorial: Signs of season? No


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Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 11:19 am
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
With the Christmas season upon us, we can't help but remark on the urban holiday landscape, or rather the things blotting it out.

Toward that end, cheers to the politicians and their supporters who quickly removed their campaign signs which had, for many months, littered our neighborhoods. The popularity of these small, plastic signs on wire legs seems to have grown to epidemic proportions. Even with most of the election signs gone, there are plenty more signs of their ilk remaining.

You don't have to look hard to find signs promoting fundraisers, arts and crafts fairs, landscaping companies, radon removal and houses for sale or rent down the block.

There are signs in yards announcing the residence of football players, cheerleaders and band members. Guys who replace gutters and people raising money for the Moline Depot use them. You can find them in ridiculous numbers outside drug stores and banks and many public right of ways. There is a guy who uses them to announce interminably that "I buy houses," and countless others which exhort passersby to consider signing up to paint them for cash.

At one time we thought several municipalities passed laws to control the use of these signs along the roads. Wonder if those laws were repealed or just forgotten?

It seems to make sense to us that their use be limited to a specific period of time -- say a month or so -- for a limited promotion, certainly no longer than the current campaign.

The best (or perhaps worst) illustration of the abusive use of signs are two in the Floriciente neighborhood which at this writing still were promoting George Gaulrapp for Congress. He was defeated in the primary LAST MARCH.

To the Grinches who refuse to erase these urban blots, we say, "Bah, humbug!" and wish them a bag full of coal.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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