This week, ClickBack asked editorial page readers about strip clubs and campaign signs. Here are selected responses. To see all the comments or add your own, go to bangordailynews.com and look for ClickBack on the Opinion tab.
Should strip clubs be more strictly regulated than gambling establishments?
I have always felt that if you don’t like gambling don’t gamble. I also feel the same about strip clubs. If you don’t like strip clubs, don’t go to them. I say, let them serve drinks and strip. If it becomes a problem then deal with it but at least give them the chance. If you don’t like it, then you don’t do it.
No. Women wearing no shirt is legal in this state. If you don’t like it don’t go. Businesses are good for the economy and they touch it in more ways than just the obvious business front. A bar needs to buy glasses, pay rent, buy furniture, for example. If a business is successful it will spend more and more money. This is part of the reason this state has such a hard time bringing businesses to this state. They do not understand regulation. There is good regulation and there is bad regulation. One promotes business the other inhibits. They have the inhibiting down pat.
And why should we regulate either of these businesses? People in a “free” country should have the right to do as they please as long as they are not physically hurting anyone else. Those who believe otherwise should patronize other businesses of their choice.
Should campaign signs be banned from public right of ways?
The largest effect campaign signs have is to allow the candidate to feel good about his or her self.
This is utterly ridiculous to allow the stifling of voter information. The only people who create this issue are the elitists who are in control of government right now. How else is someone with a low budget to get their name out? The elitists want to shut down any form of free speech because they are losing in the opinion polls of informed people.
… I do think that there should be bigger penalties for candidates when their signs are not cleaned up in the appropriate amount of time though. I think that exposure is important for candidates. Just seeing a name will lead someone to look them up and see what they are about.
Everyone knows that campaign signs and paraphernalia are what keep the local print shops in business. Banning the signs would have a disastrous effect on that industry.
Political signs are unsightly litter that occasionally, and dangerously, block drivers’ views of the road. If the number of signs, colors or fonts influences a person’s vote, democracy is doomed. Why tolerate this littering and waste of natural resources?
The other major annoyance of elections is the pre-recorded political phone solicitations. Despite their many guises, these phone calls are selling a candidate or political view and should be regulated under the Do Not Call policy the same as all commercial solicitations.
Some roadside signs are quite effective at influencing people. Have you ever seen the choices drivers make when they see a “Yard Sale” sign? Crazy.
I have voted in all but two elections in 48 years; none of my decisions were decided by roadside signs, I consider them a waste of a candidate’s money. All they contribute is clutter and stuff blown around in the wind. Outlaw them.
Ask McGowan, Rowe, Scarcelli, Abbott, Beardsley, Jacobson, Mills, Otten and Poliquin if their signs helped. The big winner Tuesday was apathy as 80 percent of voters stayed home!
Look for more ClickBack questions on Tuesday’s editorial page.