We’ve made our sentiments very clear on billboards in the past:
A regular commenter to the Examiner “Re:pete” pointed out this LTE in the TS the other day and thought it was very timely and important that voters let their City Council know, so here it is:
Your recent editorial concerning electronic signs on Broadway (“Sparkling signs would be least of city’s woes,” Times-Standard, April 26, Page A4) seems somewhat illogical. Adding yet another tacky element to an already chaotically tacky stretch of highway through town does not make sense to me. Why would you think adding more distraction and ugliness to our environment won’t be noticed or won’t make matters worse than they are? Are your senses so dulled that you no longer see electronic signs? Or any of the other hundreds of examples of distracting and jarring signage along Broadway?
Have you driven down 101 to Fernbridge lately and seen the enormous electronic sign that Bear River Casino has installed? Does it not bother or distress you? At night it can be seen for miles, its messages glaring amidst the roadside’s woods. And full sunlight during the day doesn’t lessen that insulting electronic sign’s impact whatsoever.
If you are in agreement with the argument that businesses have every right to advertise to drivers no matter how ugly and environmentally insensitive the advertisements may be, then your editorial makes a point. But otherwise, and frankly, for poor Eureka’s sake, as it attempts to make tourists think better of arriving at our portals on 101 but then requires them to drive along Broadway and Fifth Streets through town, all I can say is enough blight is enough. We don’t need any more.
Jere Bob Bowden, Ferndale
Please send an email to the Eureka City Council Members now, as they are about to rule on allowing more of these:
Marion Brady 1st ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Atkins 2nd ward: email@example.com
Kim Bergel 3rd ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melinda Ciarabellini 4th ward: email@example.com
Natalie Arroyo 5th ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Jager Mayor: email@example.com
Pam Powell City Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org