Sign Vandalism & Free Speech

To the Editor:

When I saw Jon Swan and his misstatements in our local papers, I felt I needed to answer-in our papers. When I saw “Save Forest Lake – No Landfill” signs, I ordered 8 signs saying “Save our Waste Manager-Save our $54 million”- I felt I needed to answer-in our streets. I put up 6 of the signs, saved 2 in reserve.The first night, two of the signs were torn down – I salvaged one and used one of my reserve.

My best locations were Baker Brook at the beginning of Bethlehem. Yitz gave me permission, but asked me to take them down when he started business. The signs came down last week, so I found a new location, corner of Parker and Main. Doug Keller said ok and even helped me install a beautiful, level informative sign. Two hours later, the sign was gone. I reported to the Police and happily found the sign in the woods. It is back up, slightly worn for wear.

There is a lot of emotion over landfills in two of our peaceful, idyllic rural towns. The solution for Bethlehem is “Save our Waste Manager-Save our $54 million.” The solution for Dalton is “Leave it in Bethlehem.” If Casella is not “permitted” and “regulated” in these two towns, where does our waste go? Sugar Hill, Franconia, Littleton? If not the North Country … where? … the South Country, Concord?

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