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    Protect beauty of the state from scourge of billboards

    How many of us will have to make our protests to Governor Patrick before he decides not to allow Clear Channel to put up electronic billboards statewide?

    These enormous signs would hide views of seasonal landscapes, beautiful skylines, bridges, treasured rivers, and parks, distracting us with obtrusive, glaring, blinking ads.

    According to Brian McGrory’s Oct. 26 Metro column, “A bad sign on the horizon,” “The state has drafted language for new outdoor advertising regulations that, if approved, would open up highways to a potential onslaught of electronic billboards that feature bright lights and changing messages.”

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    In other words, parts of Massachusetts could end up looking like the Las Vegas Strip.

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    McGrory writes that a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, Sara Lavoie, has said, “We continue to review public comments received in response to proposed regulation changes.”

    We citizens have too much to lose if Clear Channel, the biggest owner of panels in the state, wins.

    Patrick has the authority to protect the beauty of Massachusetts from the spreading plague of electronic billboards.

    Iris Kaufman

    Swampscott