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October 2, 2014

Think About It: Signing Off

It is sign-waving season as we head toward the November general election. Yeh! Scores of local politicians and their supporters are taking to the streets to try to get us to believe they can make a difference in our worlds by holding up signs and distracting us as we drive. It's hard enough eating, reading, and texting when I drive, so having the faithful standing just off the streets on your behalf is really something that many voters really don't need or value.

I recently saw two signs for politicians that featured the candidates' complete family. At 35-MPH, I really wasn't able to clearly delineate the details of the family photo, but I don't really think I'm going to cast my vote based on who has the nicer family portrait or makes a stronger fashion statement. Frankly, I'd rather see the politicos' sign-wavers holding messages with some details about how you're going to fix things- in big letters. Or drop off a simple pamphlet with detailed plans for our future that might encourage voters. And here's a thought- rather than crowd 50 people into a one-block area that's heavily trafficked (as if that shows me that you have huge support), why not spread the loyal sign-holders out over a larger area- thus giving me the subliminal impression that you must be good, because you're everywhere!

And this bit about standing out there in the rain, smiling and waving- I'm not sure if I'm sold on the assumption that this shows me how tough and dedicated you are, or rather that you're simply too silly and caught up in the long campaign to know to come out of the rain. Luckily, it is easier than ever to find out details about what the candidates really think and plan to do, or not do, and that's our job as voters. So, some of us simply sigh at silly sign-waving, an archaic local political season custom that might actually distract or detract- and surely that's not a politician's goal. Maybe it's time to sign off. Think about it…

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