Unfortunately, it’s not a surprise, nor is it even unusual this time of year, that political lawn signs are disappearing almost as quickly as they are being put up around town. What it is, however, is sad.
It’s sad because it’s so immature — it’s reminiscent of a small child who squeezes her eyes closed and covers her ears and yells, “la, la, la, la, la!” when there’s something she doesn’t want to see or hear — only the child doesn’t know any better. People who steal or destroy political signs are undoubtedly adults. Apparently, though, they have yet to grow up.
Political signs are not offensive; they generally contain only a name. Their purpose? To show support for someone running for office. Our country is a place where free speech is one of the values we hold most dear. To deny one’s neighbors the right to respectfully express their opinions is about as un-American an act as there is. It’s a childish, petty slap in the face of democracy, and it has no place in Weston or in any community.