Campaign Eyesores

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Signs in Cemeteries, Rights-of-Way in Bad Taste

It’s campaign season once again, time for some (but not all) candidates to plaster their signs all over state rights-of-way and private property with no regard for taste. I draw your attention to Parkersburg Memorial Gardens, the cemetery behind the football stadium at Parkersburg High School, that used to be known as the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Over the past couple of weeks, signs have begun sprouting there faster than dandelions after a rain storm. A couple of these were placed with the permission of the cemetery, a decision I question but which is something that the owner of a piece of private property is welcome to do. But those few signs have led some other candidates, without the good manners to ask permission or the restraint to keep from desecrating a burial place, to plant their signs all over the hillside along Murdoch Avenue. Who can blame them? It is, after all, one of the most highly traveled streets in Parkersburg. But in addition to it being dis-tasteful, most of those signs are there illegally. That’s because a large portion of the land there is the state’s right-of-way. The state has better things to do, I’m sure, than collecting signs that are placed on its rights-of-way. And the candidates are not always to blame for where an over-zealous supporter might choose to place a sign. But I urge all candidates, who see their signs on state property OR stuck in the ground at a cemetery, to go out of their way to remove them. And I would urge all voters who see candidates’ signs in locations such as these, to feel free to vote AGAINST those candidates, in the effort to teach SOMEONE a lesson.
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