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2018-08-09 / Letters to the Editor

Keep Orchard Park free of political signage

To ensure the continued beauty and character of the Village of Orchard Park, the village municipal code has a section prohibiting political signs in the village rights-of-way (www.ecode360.com/11455877).

I am noticing some political signs in our village, spurring me to write this letter to the editor.

I have been blessed to be able to spend my entire life in Orchard Park. I was born and raised in the village. Forty-one years later, I still live and work in the village. Our village is gorgeous - adorned with hanging baskets, flower boxes, American flags, sitting benches, gardens and parks. I cannot imagine trying to enjoy its beauty hidden behind political signage all over our town. Not only is it obtrusive eye pollution, it also is literally pollution to the environment.

I strongly support the village code that prevents political signage. I am hopeful that all candidates in the upcoming election will abide by the code. This is especially pertinent, given the fact that there is a judicial election in Orchard Park this year and signage is an issue of law. In my opinion, if a judicial candidate wants to earn the people’s trust in his or her ability to uphold the law, that person should not be violating the Village of Orchard Park municipal codes prohibiting political signage. Failure to adhere to the rules speaks volumes about the candidate’s character.

Joseph Wales Highland Avenue

Orchard Park

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