Just look around Galena, as well as the rest of the county and state, and you can tell its election time.
All over town, there is a sea of political signs standing at attention. And although some may say that all the signs really make for a distraction to drivers and create an eyesore for everyone else, the fact is, they are a very welcome sight for anyone who is grateful to live in a country where you have the right and the freedom to put out a sign of your choice.
Americans have fought and died for the right to put those signs up, and when you think of it that way, no one should complain about displaying a political sign. After all, they only appear about four to six weeks ahead of the election and its pretty amazing but except for a few stragglers, they are gone the day after the election.
So be proud and put the sign of your choice outside your home, unless, of course, you are like me and live in a townhouse association that has banned political signs. Yep, the board of directors (consisting of three people) of my townhouse association told me I cannot put up a political sign in the front of my home. Somehow, these three interpreted the Association By-Laws to actually prohibit political signs, of which there is absolutely no mention at all. But they did. In addition, they also banned cut-out lawn figures, hanging planters, and, oh yes, wind chimes.
I have filed a protest against the Association. I have a constitutional right to my freedom of speech and expression as long as it does not infringe on someone elses right. How can I hurt anyone by having a cut-out lawn figure in my lawn?
John Huschik is a free-lance writer from Galena and covers the Jo Daviess County political scene.
From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue