Pharos-Tribune

Opinion

October 25, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: How can city prohibit sign?

What’s all the buzz? I recently placed a sign in my front yard. I got the idea from the back window of several pickup trucks.

A cartoon with a little boy urinating on a symbol for Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc. I simply made it larger and more colorful and used a different name. The name had been changed to Terry Young, a candidate for Pulaski County commissioner. Last week, I had an employee from the town come and ask me to take it down. When I asked why, I was informed the board had gotten complaints that it is “inappropriate.” I asked if it was OK that I just move it back against the house. I was then informed that the town board has a policy that political signs cannot be any larger than two feet by two feet.

I told him that the sign has no political identification on it. I was told “technically it is, since he’s running for office.” I also said there must be at least 100 people with the name Terry Young in the state of Indiana. I told him I would take it down for now and would later put it back up.

What happened to my First Amendment rights and my freedom of speech?  I have my reasons to display what I think of Terry Young. I’m just not participating in the coffee shop gossip.

Les Barton, Winamac

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • THEIR VIEW: Health care fraud can't go unchecked National health care spending tops $2.7 trillion annually. That leaves a lot of room, and temptation, for abuse of a bureaucracy that administers medical services. Medicare and Medicaid scams may cost taxpayers more than $98 billion each year. Health

    April 15, 2014

  • MARCUS: Truth is often unwelcome Jim Feelwright greeted me warmly as I entered the room: “Well, here he is, Mr. Negative.” Since it was a friendly meeting, I borrowed a famous line from the movies: “You can’t handle the truth.” “You,” he said, “just don’t want to see what’s really h

    April 15, 2014

  • VILLAGE IDIOT: Signs of spring finally upon us Today I saw my first crocus popping up after the long winter. It was in a picture a friend posted on Facebook. Suddenly, it seemed everyone was posting pictures of buds on trees, robins on the lawn, green shoots coming up in the garden. It was almost

    April 15, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Thankful to community for its care, prayers Thank you to Kyle Rans, Harrison-Metzger-Rans, Guardian Angels Hospice, Royal Center first responders and ambulance drivers for the gentle care and comforting words extended to our family. Thank you to the

    April 15, 2014

  • Brian Bosma BOSMA: House Republicans achieve legislative priorities When the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker I pledged a session driven by five main issues: increased road funding, enhanced job training, early childhood education, fair business taxation and cutting government red tape. With

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • LYONS: Taking pity on the Plutocrats "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that belie

    April 14, 2014

  • KNISELY: Let the games continue I try to learn something every week. It used to be every day but that got tiring after a while. Well, this week I learned that everyone is a comedian. And by everyone, I mean everyone. I wrote last week about how my hatred of oranges turned into an

    April 13, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 13, 2014 Housing repair grant is not welfare While it is a consistent Republican trait to criticize welfare, and I can recognize his desire to score cheap political points at the sake of our community's less fortunate; it is an unavoidable truth that Bob Bish

    April 13, 2014

  • PETERS: Vitamin D levels can be checked

    My mother lives with me and I'm involved in her medical care. She's a tough cookie. But like many 88-year-olds, she has several health problems. We visit her doctor at least once a month to report what's working and what isn't doing the trick. Recent

    April 13, 2014

  • GUEST COLUMN: United Way offers details explanation It has been brought to the attention of the United Way of Cass County (UW) administration that unfair and inaccurate reports have surfaced regarding the recent decision by the UW Board of Directors to remove Mental Health America of Cass County (MHAC

    April 13, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.