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August 9, 2002

"Signs of the Times" - Again

Bethany Stevenson

Recent allegations have surfaced claiming Alex Mooney and his re-election committee are stealing signs that promote Sue Hecht. Visions of 007 sneaking through quiet neighborhoods to eliminate... signs...hmmmm.

How easy it is to blame Mr. Mooney for the actions of those who are willingly to stoop to the level of the Defeat Mooney Committee.

Neighborhoods have begun to be cluttered with political propaganda in regards to the upcoming elections for state Senate, governor, and county commissioners. Most of the signs, so far, are supporting the Democrat side of the vote.

The Democrats seem to be very pushy this time around to get their names out for familiarity. If that is all people look for in a candidate, then maybe this tactic will work. However it might backfire, as the Defeat Mooney campaign seems to love get out Alex's name. All the better for him, by this way of thinking.

However, if the voters of Frederick County are checking out past performance, they should surely note that Sue Hecht has been wishy-washy with her votes and her support of the things the voters in this county want.

And now her supporters are claiming low-life tactics on the part of the Mooney campaign: stealing signs from yards so the name won't get out. Two years ago the Democrats used the same type of tactics. For the area of Frederick I live, I took the responsibility to help the Republican campaign to get George Bush elected. I walked door-to-door to talk with my neighbors about the issues. I covered the area with signs in the yards of supporters.

On three occasions I had placed signs in a yard of a supporter who lived near a busy intersection, and, during the night, the sign was removed from its stakes, torn or twisted and then thrown nearby. How discouraged I was to think that the low-life tactics of a non-supporter would keep people from voting for Mr. Bush.

This type of incident was not uncommon in the area either. I talked to others who had similar experiences in other parts of the city. But it was not made as a public cry against the Democrats to show how low they would stoop. Instead, we replaced the signs when they were missing and counted on the character of the person they represented to get him elected.

Now in this election we have Democrats crying all over town because a person is using the same tactic: remove the sign, so people won't know the name, and the person will not get elected. People: grow up!!! This isn't a Homecoming Queen election!

A wise ancient King is noted as saying as he set up his country to be a republic: "Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord. Now it is not common that the voice of the people desires anything contrary to that which is right; But it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore, this observe and make it your law, to do your business by the voice of the people."

It is only the liberty that we have established in this land that two sides are presented to the people and by the voice of a vote to decide between the two. No one should take away the opportunity for all of us to hear both sides, so leave those signs alone!

The Founding Fathers trusted that the voice of the people would determine that which is right by a vote. But when tactics of deception and sabotage are incurred, the balance of right and wrong is swayed. The voice of the people can no longer be trusted at that time.

I hope that both sides could throw in the towel on these unfair tactics, and, based on the character and past record of the candidates, choose who is right for the job. Judgment of the candidate cannot be made on the actions of those who support him or her.

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