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Letters To The Editor: Too Many Election Signs

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With a town council and mayoral election coming up on Tuesday, Mahwah's town council recently addressed the ordinance governing political campaign signs. The new rules may further limit the size, number, and placement of political signs. The council to rework the sign ordinance after Tuesday's election. During this campaign season, Patch has received several letters with resident opinions on campaign signs. Here is one of those letters:

To the Editor:

Does Scotts make any spray for campaign signs?   

It's now worse than dandelions!   

I have an idea for the next time. Why not limit each candidate to an equal, but a much lower amount of signs than we currently endure?

Taxpayers could observe which candidate places their placards to get their best bang for their buck, rather than seeing a load dumped "here," and another "there," unfazed of the waste. It might make candidates realize that's what the victors should also later be doing with taxpayer dollars, plus it'd give voters insight as to their best choices.

From,

Mike Kupckik

Mahwah Resident

This is another letter Patch received on the same topic:

To The Editor:

Mahwah has a very interesting and controversial election coming this week, and I understand the extensive advertising and communications being done by each of the candidates. However, I feel that they all have gone too far with the street signs. The town is littered with political signs placed on every main street and corner. It almost appears that the candidates feel that whoever can get the most signs out wins! What they have actually done is destroy the beauty of this town and turned it into an eyesore. McArthur Boulevard and other main streets are a disgrace. If I dropped a candy wrapper on the street, I be accused of littering and be fined, yet the candidates feel it is okay to trash our streets with hundreds of meaningless, cheap signs. I don't understand why there isn't a law against this type of abuse to the pleasant landscape in our town. I certainly hope that they disappear as quickly as they went out.

Tom O'Brien

Mahwah Museum Trustee

So, Patch is asking, what do you think of the campaign signs around town?

Steven Patzkowski November 07, 2011 at 01:06 PM
There are way too many signs around Mahwah, YES! Not only do they make Mahwah look dirty the signs also block views of drivers in certain areas like the corner or Ridge Rd and W Ramapo overpass. What Happens when someone gets in a car accident? Are they going to blame the signs? Sue the town/person(s) responsible for putting the signs there?
Bob Lockwood November 07, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Let's think carefully about our 1st amendment rights. What do you plan on regulating? Who's property and who's rights are you going to regulate? Are you going to regulate state property? county property? town property? easements? private property? Does the government know better than the people as to where you get the best bang for your buck? Doesn't the government already regulate us to much? If you read the Bill or Rights carefully, we all have the right to free speech, but we don't all have the right to the same size megaphone. Freedom must be preserved and freedom must prevail. How many more rights do you want the government to curtail?
Mari Meli November 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I agree with you, Bob. I think it is up to the individual candidate to decide whether they are going to be as wasteful with all these signs as some are being. I recently decided to vote for the person with the least signs, lol. So we've been keeping track, and my very "green" kids are not impressed with a couple of guys who have just gone off the deep end with the number of signs they've placed. Often its a 2-1 ratio or more, compared to others.
Mercedes1 November 07, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Perhaps all the wasted money on signs could have gone towards helping the Mahwah families who suffered, and are still suffering, from hurricane Irene!!
Average Joe November 07, 2011 at 05:35 PM
U mad bro?
Average Joe November 07, 2011 at 05:35 PM
U mad bro?
Nick November 07, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Way too many. And many will still be there after Election Day. MacArthur Boulevard must have more than 100 DaPuzzo signs.
John A. Spiech November 07, 2011 at 06:46 PM
John A. I counted the signs on MacArther on 11-06-11. 200 signs from Island Road to the east side of Ridge road 200 signs. DaPuzzo=48 signs, Laforet=23, Jandris=21, Sbarra=19 ,DiGiulio=15, and 26 other signs for County and State elections. Only one other sign which was for Stop the Mall.
Daniel Weixeldorfer November 07, 2011 at 06:52 PM
John those numbers you gave don't equal 200 when you add them up????
Bob Lockwood November 07, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Dear Mr. Weixeldorfer, What is your view on free speech? Sincerely, -Bob Lockwood
Jonathan N. Marcus November 07, 2011 at 06:57 PM
When it comes to campaign signs, what impresses me most is not how many or how few signs any one candidate has put UP. Rather, what impresses me most is how quickly and thoroughly that candidate gets their signs DOWN after the election is over. If you truly care about my community, (win or lose) you will get those signs down ASAP after November 8th.
John A. Spiech November 07, 2011 at 07:23 PM
John Spiech you are right Dan.the total should be 152. Still too many. I apologize for MY error in addition.
Mike Kupchik November 07, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I just noticed the Mayor now has an even larger sign than one opponent on Island & MacArthur. Tomorrow, I'll look to the skies, to see if there's a Sunoco blimp!
Steven Sbarra November 07, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I cant disagree with anyone's comments about the signs around town. As a candidate, I understand that political signs are a necessary evil that gets your name out. While candidate nights are a great way to get your message out, the reality is that only those who care turn out to hear the candidates and elections can be won or lost based on name recognition. I do not like all the sign up in our town and actually cant wait until the election is over to take mine down. If elected I will work to change the sign ordinance to limit the amount and times that they are put out. Hope this helps!
maddy November 08, 2011 at 12:01 AM
It is truly ridiculous to have all those signs. The amount is not going to dictate who i will be voting for .
Hank November 08, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Without the signs I would never heard of Marshall Arts.I am supporting him. He's for children. It's refreshing to find a candidate who is for children.
Bob Lockwood November 08, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Can we hit the pause button for a moment? What is worse; annoying signs during campaign season or pruning our right to free speech. Honestly, I can't stand half the stuff I hear on televsion and radio and what I see in the newspapers, magazines and the internet. But, I'd rather put up with the noise than give away our free right to express ourselves. I think that it would a be huge concern to place limits on our right to free speech. So before you give your rights away, let's pause and ask ourselves; what's worse? what's better? what do you think?
Nick November 08, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Bob - free speech is fine, but does a candidate need 48 signs on a short stretch of road when 3 or 4 will do? It's an eyesore and a waste of money and resources.
Bob Lockwood November 08, 2011 at 03:36 AM
In whose mind "will it do"? At whose expense? Who get's to decide what is good enough? Shall we take the rights away from the individual and give them to the larger community? Is this what our country was founded on?
Mari Meli November 08, 2011 at 06:04 AM
Bob, I'm sorry. Free speech is one thing. But there is a limit to how much free speech you can enjoy without infringing on your neighbors rights to peaceful enjoyment. you cant yell fire in a movie house.. We have ordinances in effect so that we can all enjoy the beauty of our town without infringing on others. So, just like you cant pile your yard with garbage and call it art, neither should these guys do so with signs. All towns have an aesthetics ordinance for a reason. Now, why we seem to throw that logic out during an election month, is beyond me.
EGM November 09, 2011 at 11:26 AM
For those of you that think these signs are paid for with tax dollars, you are sadly misinformed. It is paid for by the candidate out of pocket and by donations of supporters. Unfortunately, these signs are a necessity for a candidate to get their name out so people can look in to them. You're concerns have been noted and the majority of the signs have been taken down. Chuck Jandris, I know for a fact, had his signs being removed around 6 or 7pm on the 8th.

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