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Re: “Ugly Contest

From the above comment it appears that those innocuous road signs far out-number the amount of billboards! I would venture to say that on a total surface area of visibility coverage, it would probably be pretty darn close if not having the road signs outweigh the billboards. I totally agree with all of the comments above. I love the journal, but it seems a little like jumping on the bandwagon of protest before really looking at the logic behind the argument. Isn't the point about the billboards blocking the view of something scenic, if that is the case then perhaps that should have been the focus of the ugly and not necessarily feature the business using them. I have lived here for over 30 years and haven't given the billboards a second thought, at least about the view they are blocking. Many stand in front of a not so amazing shrub, Resale Lumber, the mill or some other industrial looking view. From what I've heard from people in the know, they provide a roost for hunting owls and hawks, and a home for mice, bugs, etc. If, someday, advertisers weren't able to use them, would people be happier with local artists decorating them as some local artists used driftwood to make sculptures (which by the way I truly miss)? I am just confused as to what the ugly is really about, the view that it is blocking or something else.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2012 at 5:25 PM

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