The beginning of campaign season brings with it the inevitable appearance of political lawn signs. Sometimes, it becomes haphazard, unsightly clutter. But, when I see yards and intersections dotted with political signage, I see signs of citizens who have taken the time to think about the issues that matter to them and identify the candidates they believe can best represent their interests. I see the signs of an active, informed citizenry who care enough about their community to proclaim their support for the candidates and causes they believe in.
When I see political memorabilia, it reminds me of my own first piece of campaign “signage.” I was a Junior at Viewmont during the 1992 Presidential campaign with Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Ross Perot. I was so captivated by the race, I used a cassette tape to record the TV debates so I could re-listen in my car. I decided I wanted to do something to contribute to and advocate for the candidate I believed in, so I purchased a “Vote Bush” shirt with my own money. When it finally arrived in the mail, I ripped open the package and put it on right over the shirt I was wearing. I may have held only a small stake in that race, but it felt good to care enough to take action. For many, lawn signs symbolize that same sort of civic pride Р they are signs of caring.
Other signs of caring include parents who help in their children’s classrooms, volunteer with the PTA, or coach the neighborhood soccer team, business owners who donate to community and charity events (again and again), proud citizens who never miss voting on election day, men and women who serve in the armed forces (and their ever-supportive families), and those who call their city council person or legislator when a decision will impact their families. These signs of caring bless our community and beyond. We are all indebted to the people who are willing to take action and champion so many noble causes in our neighborhoods.
While I agree with keeping our neighborhoods clean of unnecessary signage, I applaud the many signs of caring, service and patriotism I see on a daily basis in our great community.
Kendalyn Harris, candidate for Bountiful City Council