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October 23, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Election signs destroyed

It wasn't the wind. It wasn't the rain. It wasn't run over by a vehicle. It was out-and-out purposeful destruction.

As far as I know, there is still freedom of speech in America. I also know that there are differing opinions in political elections. However, outright destruction of campaign signs is ethically wrong and, in addition, it is illegal.

In late September I put up two "Romney for President" signs in Truckee. One placed along highway 267 near the 7-Eleven and one placed across from the hospital near the surgery center. In less than a week both signs were destroyed. Not just flattened or pushed down or pulled up but physically torn into multiple pieces and left on the ground at the sites. There were many other political signs surrounding those two signs that were still intact.

I was surprised that the evidence was left at the scene of the crime ... why not just dispose of the pieces elsewhere? Perhaps there was a message in that modus operandi?

I realize that all it takes is one person to try to quell the right of free speech. And I also realize that there are more registered Democrats in this town than Republicans. But I also know that the destruction of election signs is wrong.

More "Romney for President" signs will appear shortly. I hope that the self-appointed arbitrator of free speech will refrain from further sign destruction.

Lynn Meadows, Truckee

Member of Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 23, 2012 06:31PM Published Oct 23, 2012 06:31PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.