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 Wonder if those laws were repealed or just forgotten?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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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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