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October 25, 2012

Letter: Don't let sign thefts dampen election spirit

To the editor:

Last week, 170 U.S. manufacturing jobs were removed to China, now that Bain Capital has taken over the Freeport Ill., Sensata Corporation.

And last week, dozens of Obama for President yard signs were removed in one clean sweep from Manchester properties.

Bain Capital wanted Sensata to produce higher profits in the short term, so they ignored the human factor and quickly cut corporate wage and benefit costs by out sourcing 170 good middle class American jobs. In Manchester by the Sea, some anti-Obama types apparently wanted to quickly sweep President Obama’s re-election chances under the rug, by making all of our campaign signs disappear.

I am not sure how quickly those dismissed Sensata employees will find new and equal jobs in Illinois, but I feel fairly confident that President Obama will win re-election with Manchester’s majority support — and more importantly, with Massachusetts’ electoral votes on Nov. 6, without a single Obama yard sign left standing in this darling village by the ocean. (Our one-term ex-Massachusetts governor continues to lose his own state by more than 18 points, according to an average of today’s national polls.)

So what does this grassroots thievery mean? What do we tell our children about the person or persons who would steal Obama campaign yard signs from their own or their neighbor’s front yards?

As I suggested four years ago, when Manchester was first hit with this same illegal activity and we lost more than 50 Obama yard signs, week after week , running up to the 2008 election: Hoist your Obama signs up your flag pole; fly them from a second-story window; tack them high up on your front fence, and prop them up on the inside of your parked vehicles in your street or driveway. Be creative as you show your support for President Obama. And for those of you who dare put another Obama yard sign in your front yard ... please put it in view of a surveillance camera.

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