Our opinion: Take high road with signs

Call it a sign of the times. Political placards in the city of Warren — as well as other portions of Pennsylvania — have begun to use some words that do not sit well with some.

Many of these signs have something to do with the upcoming presidential election. As far as city Manager Nancy Freenock is concerned, there is little that can be done.

“The city is not in a position to take any action as the political flags and signs are protected by the First Amendment,” Freenock said in an article on Monday. “The city can regulate the size of signs and in some instances can regulate content. For example, speech which could incite one to riot is not acceptable nor is yelling ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater when there is no fire.”

But no one can deny this year’s presidential election is quite heated. Already, the Times Observer has received a number of calls regarding the defacing or theft of signs — from both sides.

This is something that has happened in the past, but it seems much more personal this year.

As for the questionable language, while it may be allowed, it does not reflect well on the neighborhoods or the community. We’re all proud of where we live — and our rural lifestyle.

There’s better ways that are less offensive to get the message across.


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