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Perry trustees to drop political sign limit

August 13, 2013

PERRY TWP. —Trustees dropped a bid to allow the posting of political signs earlier, saying they’re eliminating the time limit altogether due to free speech considerations....

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Aug-15-13 12:05 PM

concerned I wasn't commenting on your post dear. I agree with what you wrote. I was offering up a solution that many other communities are doing.

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Aug-14-13 1:55 PM

TS1227 I agree with what you said completely. Public lands is another issue. It does seem some folks just can't seem to get past elections in the past. It is quite humorous to see people running around with signs on their cars of elections gone by. But hey it is their right to do that if they want. That is what free speech is all about!

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Aug-14-13 11:25 AM

I agree with both sides presented. It's good that the rights of those wishing to display signs on their property is protected, but there should be something done after elections regarding signs on public lands/right of ways, that the candidates are held accountable to clean up their mess (because their people placed those there).

The only issue down the road I can see coming is people who leave signs up on their own property for years on end (as an extreme example, let's say someone has a Clinton '92 sign, and chooses to put it and every other sign they've hoarded for their party of choice, out every spring and summer). You can't stop them, regardless of how ridiculous it looks, because they have the right.

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Aug-14-13 8:09 AM

watchdog I think you are missing my point. I am not talking about the politicians right to free speech. I am talking about the property owners right to express themselves. If I let someone put a sign in my yard I would think I would share in the responsibility to see to it that it is removed. They had to have my permission to put it there. Again it is the property owners rights to express their opinion that I am speaking of, not the politicians rights. I have seen people with bumper stickers on their cars from 2 or 3 elections past. It is their right to express themselves in that case and I don't see any difference when it comes to their property. It is the owners property and if they want a sign in their yard for any reason it should be their business and not the governments.

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Aug-13-13 11:39 PM

Maybe it's time Columbiana county and local government start doing what other communities are doing when it comes to political yard signs. Instead of the argument always about whose freedom of speech is being denied when or how...maybe it's time to start holding the political "signature" on those signs accountable. In other words, why don't these politicians be forced by law to go around and collect their signs and clean up their political "free speech" bid for office win or lose. Then everybody will be happy happy!

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Aug-13-13 3:11 PM

KSbug79 I don't care for political signs either but it is a constitutional free speech issue. Freedom is not just for those that feel they have the right to dictate to everyone else what they approve of or do not approve of. Health and safety issues that could possibly effect ones neighbors is one thing, but a sign in ones yard I do not believe falls into that category.

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Aug-13-13 11:02 AM

When do the signs become a nuisance, eyesore, perhaps health hazzard? Are we talking forever? Can someone say they are collecting for posterity?? I personally hate political signs when they are allowed. I certainly don't want to see them all over the place, possibly cluttering my neighbor's yards, all year long!!

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Aug-13-13 6:23 AM

What!! Is someone finally taking constitutional rights serious in this county??? So is Salem's limitation of when signs can be put up perhaps a violation of free speech also? One would think!!

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