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Disappearing campaign signs; what else is new?

Political campaign signs for the upcoming May 7 Primary dot the countryside from Palmyra to Mauckport and Milltown to Lanesville in Harrison County, but there are apparently a few less now than in days past.
Disappearing campaign signs are nothing new.
That happens in virtually every campaign, but Harrison County Prosecutor Ronald W. Simpson said the problem this year is much less than usual, considering the number of candidates.
Nevertheless, an eyewitness report filed with the Corydon Police Dept. could result in criminal charges. “If I have some solid proof, I would file charges,” Simpson said.
According to Simpson, some signs from other candidates have also disappeared, but a Corydon man has reported seeing a man take down signs in Corydon belonging to two sheriff’s candidates, Ray Saylor and Charles Adamson.
The suspect, Don Pittman, denied taking any signs. He told police he did “fix ones that were there,” but he said the signs were on private property and he was the only person with permission to put signs up there.
As of yesterday, both the prosecutor and police were still attempting to contact the property owner for more details.
Whether charges are filed or not depends on authorities, Saylor said. “Unfortunately, that’s part of campaigning,” Saylor said. “You anticipate losing some signs; I think you have to be the better person and go on.”
Adamson said he had three signs taken, but he doesn’t expect criminal charges will be filed and so he doesn’t intend to push the matter.
“It’s sort of like beating a dead horse,” he said. “Nothing will be done about it.”
Adamson said he believes taking signs of a political opponent amounts to “a childish deal.”
Saylor said he has learned from the experience. If his sign was on private property and not a state right-of-way as he thought, then Saylor said he’s also at fault for not knowing that and obtaining permission from the landowner.
“You really need to be careful and check with people,” he said.
Saylor said the campaign signs are important because they allow people to get their name out in the community and the signs give recognition to the political party.
The signs can mean a significant financial investment. Saylor said he has spent some $2,100 on signs and posts.
“It’s good to put signs out, but I think you can put too many out,” he said. “It takes away from the community, the aesthetics.
“I think you need to sprinkle it with a little common sense.”

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