Letters to the Editor

Signs detract from beauty

The recent articles regarding political signs prompts this letter. While it is certainly each candidate’s constitutional right to distribute signs, and it is the citizens’ constitutional rights to display them, is it really in our island’s best interest to do so?

Whidbey Island spends a great deal of time, effort and money to attract tourism dollars to our island. The primary draw is the island’s natural beauty, which offers a respite from the commercialism of the mainland. A sea of political signs littering our “scenic byway” and the streets of our communities defeats this attraction and the desirability of coming here.  We think it just doesn’t make sense to continue this political advertising practice for this reason.

Whether or not these signs actually have any impact on our voting remains debatable. For us personally, looking at multiple numbers of the same signs (often on one property) for several months provokes our annoyance, rather than our support.

So, we believe this issue isn’t about constitutional rights and personal freedom to do what we want on our private properties. Instead, it is about our personal responsibility and respect for our beautiful island and its economy.

It would be great if our local politicians would take the lead in reversing this practice and find other, less obtrusive, methods for getting their message to the voters, without impacting our visitors. And, it would be common sense if we, the citizens of Whidbey Island, would follow suit.

Kay and Marv Klein
Oak Harbor



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