Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sign Ordinance

The Fort Wayne City Council proposes banning signs in public right of ways. They are the ones who put not just one sign up per corner, but dozens of signs in a row. These same politicians abused our right of ways for years to get elected. The under funded challenger, on the other hand, who relies on the inexpensive yard sign to get their message before the public is at a disadvantage. Incumbents like this. The constitutional protection afforded political speech has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office.

A candidate has a choice as to how to deliver their message; direct mail, newspaper, phone call, door-to-door, flyers, radio and television, but not always the funds. Every election I hear people complain about how much candidates spend to get their name out and their issues heard. They complain about phone calls at dinner, junk mail and the lack of good candidates.

This country is based on free speech and political free speech is the most basic right we have. Don’t let City Council take our free speech away.

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