In some places, much of the evidence recently that strong winds have struck the area have been pieces of multi-colored signs strewn around beside local streets and highways. Many signs have been placed by the hundreds around our area in support of political candidates.
While we share some of the distaste many local residents have about political signs, they are proof of the health of our system of government, and of the First Amendment - freedom of speech - to our Constitution. Hard-fought campaigns for office are part of what makes our nation great.
But leaving the signs in place after an election amounts to no more than littering, however. A few candidates, whether they win or lose elections, don't seem to worry about removing their promotional signs.
If campaign signs have been blown down, perhaps torn apart, by the recent windy weather, they ought to be removed immediately by candidates or their supporters. In any event, political signs should not be left in place more than a few days after the election today.
Removing one's campaign signs promptly after an election is a demonstration of responsibility. Leaving them in place for weeks or months is a signal of irresponsibility, on the other hand - and should be avoided.