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Stealing signs

April 25, 2014

Spring may be a time for the blooming of flowers, but also popping up out of the ground are those yard signs announcing the name of candidates and urging your vote one way of the other for whatever issue may be on the May primary ballot.


This spring is no different.


Bladen County has seen its share of multicolored signs stuck in the ground at nearly every corner, in front yards and along the highways and byways.


While there are some who decry the existence of the signs each and every spring — and again in the fall — there are those who, for one reason or another, take it upon themselves to do something about it. Usually that means either stealing the signs or simply pulling them up and leaving them to lay on the ground.


While this happens to most candidates’ signs, it is happening now at an alarming rate to those signs on both sides of the issue dealing with the county-wide beer and wines sales referendum.


We don’t have exact numbers available, but we have been told that, of the 600 or so signs urging voters to vote “no” on the issue, about 400 have disappeared in the past week or two.


It’s a mystery to us why folks think stealing a campaign sign will somehow help alter the vote, but it certainly shows just how low some people will go — resorting to theft — in order to supposedly further their own agenda.


Like many, we are not fond proponents of the campaign signs, since they come off more as clutter and border right up against unsightly litter. But we also understand that, if one campaign does it, the other side has to as well — and there are ordinances to help control where they can be put and for how long.


That said, we realize the signs will more than likely be a constant.


Hopefully, the petty sign thieves won’t be.