Two years ago, I purchased yard signs and found folks who would put them in their yards. About 75 percent of my signs were stolen or damaged. I spoke to a police officer who explained that police could not watch thousands of signs. He said, however, that sign theft is a crime and if proof like video files could be produced, the thieves could be arrested.

As we approach the mid-term elections, I see some solutions: 1. Get some video footage and ask police to act. My guess is that after a few of these lawbreakers go to jail, the others will get the idea. 2. The leadership of the major parties plus the Tea Party should ask their members to respect the right of others to express themselves. 3. Using all available media, explain that destroying any message from persons who oppose your views is not the way that democracies work.

James Upchurch

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