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    One man’s sign is another’s eyesore

    A sign from Michael Dukakis’s 1974 race for governor.
    RICHARD C. GREENHALGH
    A sign from Michael Dukakis’s 1974 race for governor.

    The controversy of billboards as written in Brian McGrory’s column will go on forever (“A bad sign on the horizon,” Metro, Oct. 26). As long as former governor Michael Dukakis is alive, he will lead the charge with his pet obsession.

    Billboards are a fact of life going back hundreds of years in one form or another. Their purpose is in the eye of the beholder — some dislike them, others love them. They are, in fact, entertaining, helpful, and can even offer a public service, especially the new electronic ones.

    Unfortunately the former governor has a narrow description of eyesores. He forgets the countless unsightly political signs he had plastered all over the Commonwealth for many years, mostly on people’s front laws in residential neighborhoods.

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    But I suppose that if you personally benefit from something, it’s a different story. If you don’t, then it’s eye pollution.

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    I say keep the billboards coming as long as they are kept in business and industrial locations, and not on people’s front lawns.

    Richard C. Greenhalgh

    South Dartmouth