03 October 2004 -- Political Sign Litter is Rampant

Just north of Guadalupe Road on the east-side of McClintock is a vacant lot that has a serious political sign litter problem. On Sunday, 03 October 2004, AzLitter.org visited the political sign dump to take pictures.

AzLitter.org asks the following question: How can these political signs be effective when the people driving by are going 40-50 miles per hour and are paying attention to where they are driving?

[Side-bar] AzLitter.org would like to inform politician Schweikert that although he is free to litter our community with his political signs; he is not allowed to place his signs between the sidewalk and the street. If political signs were allowed in this strip of land, then it would be full of political signs.

I was disappointed to see that my employer, the Maricopa County Community College District, added to the litter problem by putting up a sign telling us how to vote on prop. 401. [I was also un-happy to see that Wal-Mart had helped pay for their littery sign.]

Political signs are litter when they are up, but they tend to cause litter when taken down. They are tiny pieces of litter, but litter is litter regardless of its size and it all adds up. [Note: The AzLitter.org is Learning About Litter; however, I don't think the community colleges (and Wal-Mart) are interested in educating us about litter.]

While AzLitter.org was taking pictures of political sign litter, a campaign worker for Elizabeth Rogers stopped by and put up yet another political sign. The work took the time to show me that Rogers' signs will not result in litter once the election is over because her signs are free of the plastic ties that are found on other signs.

While walking home we encountered this ugly Tempe scene located on the west-side of McClintock. Plus, AzLitter.org questions the effectiveness of these fallen political signs. [another view]

Luckily, we have a nice alley in the neighborhood that is void of political signs.


Author: Gerald D. Thurman [gdt@deru.com]
Created: 03 Oct 2004