Bill Wayne's Political Pages - The Gadfly
Gadfly 80
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for March 15, 2001

The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.

Dear Editor

I read that the Warrensburg Planning & Zoning Commission is taking it upon themselves to regulate signs on local businesses. How wonderful! Soon, we will be able to traverse the streets of Warrensburg without being assaulted by unsightly signs promoting (gasp) local businesses! We will be able to remain blithely ignorant of the commercial life of our city.

I deliberately drove down Maguire Street today just to see what signs are offensive and to guess which businesses would be helped and which would be hurt by sign restrictions:

I can see placing limits on signs for safety reasons or as part of a variance for a business in a residential area. I cannot see censoring commercial speech (for that is what sign restrictions do) in deference to the esthetic sense of one person or group.

One more thing for the P&Z members (and all our other elected and appointed officials) – we won’t think any worse of you if you resist the temptation to find new things to regulate. Really!

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