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'F' as in Frank

Fun with signs

One game I've developed while driving around town, whether it be heading out to a sporting event or a meeting, is playing with roadside signs.

The sign for I-82, exit 63, for example, includes the words "Sunnyside Outlook."

Those are communities here, obviously, but with a little imagination I've come to look at those two words as more of an attitude - as in "Sunny Outlook."

In that same spirit of word play, I've met a new farmer in the Lower Valley. Or at least I've seen his name - everywhere.

I've heard of the "Farmer in the dell," and I understand there's an "Old McDonald" who has - or at least had - a farm, but lately I've come across a "Farmer Ricks."

I'm not sure what "Farmer Ricks" grows, but I've sure seen his bumper crop of signs sprouting up around Sunnyside.

All kidding aside, "Farmer Ricks" as you probably know actually happens to be the last names of two incumbents running for city council. It's just that, more often than not, their campaign signs happen to be placed next to each other.

Whether candidate or incumbent, I salute anyone running for public office.

If elected, after expending time and finances in running for office, the individual is then faced with even higher expectations.

Whatever stipend a council person receives is a mere pittance compared to the hours and late evenings spent in meetings and catching up on developments in city government. The job of a city council person, to be sure, is an avocation, not a vocation.

Even so, something bothered me about the "Farmer Ricks" signs lined up opposite Sunnyside's Law and Justice Center.

Even though the signs are next to a public building, Farmer and Ricks are technically within the law, as their signs are not on city property.

But something in it didn't seem just to me, seemed perhaps a little beyond the spirit of the law.

Should citizens who have to go to the Law and Justice Center for police, court, or city council business be required to negotiate a row of Burma Shave signs touting incumbents whose duty it is to uphold law and justice?

I, for one, don't think so.

I appreciate Mike Farmer's and Bruce Ricks' desire to serve the city. But in the month remaining between now and the general election, I think it would be a classy touch if "Farmer Ricks" could "harvest" the little collection of signs near the Law and Justice Center.

For that matter, let's consider leaving the political turf near all city government property and buildings "fallow" during election season.

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