, Newburyport, MA


June 20, 2013

Business litters communities with signs

To the editor:

Rose bushes at Salisbury center — yes!

Advertisement signs plastered throughout area greens — no!

I am grateful to town departments and citizens who do their utmost to beautify our town and to keep our memorial greens manicured and inviting.

I am equally disenchanted with a discount furniture business from Haverhill which, this past weekend, invaded several towns and cities with a flooding and pollution of our public parks and monuments.

These intrusive signs have cluttered our public greens and intersections with no regard whatsoever to the public scenario.

We in Salisbury don’t appreciate our rose bush at the town’s center buried behind advertisements nor do the folks in Amesbury particularly appreciate a lad getting tossed off his bike after hitting one of the sign’s metal holders.

Does the business want to endear customers to them?

Then, they should pay for their advertising the way responsible merchants do and please stay off our public property.

If this message doesn’t reach them, perhaps stiff fines for littering will do so.

Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher


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