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Election sign-nabber strikes Atherton

Original post made on Apr 16, 2008

Atherton resident Alicia Seebold has a "Dobbie for council" sign up in her front yard, but it's no thanks to a sign-nabbing woman who made off with its predecessor. Residents report that a number of these signs have been disappearing.

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Posted by protect free speech
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2008 at 6:55 pm

It's time to enact new laws to stop the thieves from stealing campaign signs. The thief's goal is stifle free speech, steal and destroy property, and drive the costs of the candidate running for office up since any stolen signs will have to be replaced. The new law should make the stealing campaign signs preceding an election carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years combined with a $25,000 fine. In addition, the government should be required to identify the thieve's political affiliation and publish that information in local papers for a year thereby discouraging a party from recruiting surrogates to engage in such devious conduct.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Yes, creating a police state is the obvious choice for fostering free speech.

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Posted by Shocked
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

OH NO!!! Horrors...crime is rampant in Atherton...hurry call the police...I hear Sign theives and picking up newspapers are their specialty!!! Plus it might even give them something to do!!

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Posted by Protect free speech
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:35 am

This isn't a problem just for Atherton. The 1st amendment doesn't give you the right to silence someone else. That's not fostering free speech --- it's silencing it.

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Posted by Shocked
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Protect Free Speech...those signs are an eyesore. They are also littering when they are all over telephone poles, fences and the like. Get a grip.

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