Campaign sign theft a violation of free speech

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Sunday afternoon I discovered that someone had removed two of the three campaign signs I had in my front yard. I didn’t see who took the signs but I have a clue — you see one candidate’s campaign sign was left standing!

Am I upset? You bet I am. As are the candidates whose signs were stolen! Campaign signs cost money. Campaign signs serve a purpose, they communicate the candidate’s message and can even provide an insight into a candidate’s personality. You can learn a lot about a candidate from the message, the colors chosen for the signs, the sign’s design and even the locations chosen by the candidate to place the signs.

Freedom of Speech is a right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 5 of the Alaska Constitution. Campaign signs are an expression of free speech (as are letters to the editor).

I do not believe that the removal of two campaign signs from my yard was the random act of a vandal — this was a calculated act by someone who did not agree with my support for two of the candidates running in the upcoming municipal and borough elections.

Carol A. Brenckle


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