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Candidate Needs to Learn Rules of Sign Placing

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They all seem to understand the right-of-ways belong to all of us, not a particular candidate.

A sign on the rear of one of the county buses claims Pacific County is…”Natures Best Effort”.

Respecting that concept, I am shocked that a new candidate for County Commissioner Position #3 has chosen to place a campaign sign on a piling in the middle of an estuary fed by the South Fork of the Willapa River. Initially, the candidate’s sign was not strong or high enough to withstand the ebb and flow of that estuary and soon disappeared. Not to be discouraged, that candidate made a new higher and stronger frame to hold the campaign sign and put up another one.

The current commissioners, including two whom campaigned last election, made conscious determinations not to place signs on that piling or any other place that had not granted permission to place a sign. Good judgment, maturity and decision making on their part.

That piling belongs to all of us. I am highly suspicious of a candidate for one of the most responsible positions in our local government that does not have the judgment to realize that it is not appropriate to place their signs wherever they want. To be blatantly frank, it reminds of the middle school campaign strategy of placing a sign above the drinking fountain announcing that, “Drinks are on Smith.” There’s a swing bridge at the mouth of the estuary, why not hang a banner there?

You might also have noticed that none of the candidates for State office, who have run multiple elections successfully, have ever placed their signs anywhere they had not gained permission from the land owner.

If one does not have the judgment or life’s experience to realize that it’s highly inappropriate to place a sign, any sign, on a piling in an estuary, one wonders if they should be in a position making decisions that will affect all of us?

An apology and removal of the sign would be a good first step demonstrating the intelligence and maturity necessary to perhaps become a County Commissioner. I’d bet neither happens.

 

JIM FULTON

Raymond

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