SEPTEMBER 5, 2007
Well the primaries are over and the statewide general election is not until November. As always, there were some winners, and even more losers. If you ran for public office and lost-we commend you for stepping up to the plate and being a part of the process by offering yourself for public service. However, there is one more act of public service we need for you and your supporters to perform.
If you are now out of the running, and you are one of those candidates with your name emblazoned on those little stick in the ground signs that seem to sprout like dandelions before each election—it's time to pull them up and get them out of the clutter. Perhaps you already have. No doubt getting them cleaned up after one has lost is not anywhere nearly as excited as getting them planted along with your dreams of Election Day victory celebrations. But, that's the "down" side of politics.
I don't know if it has ever been determined whether or not all those cardboard signs on a stick actually help get anyone elected or not, but they sure don't improve the landscape. As the late Ms. Pat Fordice used to say in her anti-litter campaign,"I'm not your Mama!" So please, for the sake of our beautiful countryside, pick up after yourselves and get your signs up. For those still running, leave them up—if you must—until November. After Election Day, let's see them all disappear. We thank you for your consideration.