As the midterm elections near, homes all over town have a crop of campaign signs sprouting up on their lawns. What I have noticed is that very few homes feature signs from both parties. You either support all Republicans or you are promoting just Democrats.

Campaign signs are expensive, unsightly and non-recyclable. Why don’t candidates simplify the process for everyone and create “I support Democrats” or “I’m for Republicans” signs and minimize all the individual posturing? I suppose candidates could have a limited supply of individual signs in case a mixed-affiliation home really wanted them, but for the majority of locations, just a red or blue sign would accomplish the same thing as multiple signs do now.

It’s bad enough that the airwaves and social media are filled with a multi-month assault of advertising. Let’s protect the lawns from the onslaught with some advance party cooperation and environmental consciousness.

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