Removing political signs
According to the Payson Community website, “Payson, AZ, known to many as the ‘Heart of Arizona,’ is a true American Hometown with deep traditions and beauty in all directions. You do not have to look far to find something exciting to do in this close-knit community.”
That apparently includes vandalizing yard signs. For the fourth time in as many weeks, a Felicia French sign (that I put up at a public site among four other signs of the opposite party persuasion) was removed and left on the ground. At least this time, it was not tossed into a nearby ravine as was the case the other three times.
While it is a class 2 misdemeanor “for any person to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign,” that isn’t what bothers me. It is the total lack of respect for the democratic process that is so blatantly demonstrated by those persons who presumably are members of the party whose core values include “high moral and ethical standards.” Infringement of my right to free expression by removing my political sign is anything but morally and ethically correct. Live up to your standards people.
Pat Edelen Smith