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Sigh, another political sign

September 18, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

Is anyone else sick of the ever-increasing political yard signs around town?

We'll, there is still seven weeks until the election and they are seemingly overrunning our town.

There are some yards that have three or four of the same sign from one candidate. Is this really necessary?

Is there really somebody driving by who says to themselves: "Well, I wasn't going to vote for that person after seeing three signs, but that fourth sign really made up my mind."

Not likely.

One yard by my house has a sign each for both Allen Burt and Mark Smith. The two Marshalltown residents happen to be running for the Iowa House against each other. I guess that is a house divided or just somebody who can't say "no" to somebody who comes knocking at their door bearing a free sign. And I have since noticed another yard in town with both Smith and Burt signs. I know, it doesn't make much sense to me.

Then there are some yards with 5 or 6 signs from different candidates from the same party. How am I supposed to read all those signs when I'm cruising past at a law-abiding speed of 35 miles an hour?

Why not one sign that says "Vote Democrat" or "Vote Republican," then I could at least remember that message.

It also makes you sick to hear about the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent nationally on television commercials for this year's campaigns.

I bet there's somebody hungry somewhere who is saying, "What about me?" for all of these people with that much disposable income.

There is so much money for Iowa congressional political ads this year I'm now learning about what type of salad one candidate likes to take to potlucks and what time the other candidate wakes up for an early morning flight to Washington.

Now, that is information I really needed to know before the election. Oh wait, neither of them are in my district, so it doesn't matter anyway.

The onslaught of television advertisements seems like it's been going on for months and it's only going to get worse from here on in.

Yet another reason to be happy after the Nov. 6 election, although it seems campaigns start earlier and earlier each year. Campaigns never end and they are already talking about 2016 presidential candidates. I can complain all I want, but I guess I live in the wrong state to try to avoid politics.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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