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Sit or stand. Which should it be?

Good morning, Netizens…


In Jonathan Brunt’s article here http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/mar/06/city-says-bus-benches-must-go/ states, we may not have bus benches to sit on much longer, and upon reading further into the story, it does appear as if we have a classic brouhaha pitting our beloved Queen Mary of City Hall, Emerald Outdoor Advertising and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising advertising agencies against one another. While we’re at it, we have various City Council members, STA representatives and at least one firm that advertises their goods and services on the backs of the benches without a contract with our City Fathers, all bouncing off one another in print.


According to the new law, all bus benches with advertising in Spokane were ordered removed by the city in October, leaving the Spokane Transit Authority to find money to replace them.


Now that I think back in history, I fondly remember former City Council member Roberta Green who once adorned the seats of bus benches with her face during a hotly-contested election campaign. It worked for her, didn’t it?


This incredible snafu is all about signs and billboards.


However, after I consider the various sides of the issue at hand, if we are going to ban billboards from the bus benches, shouldn’t we should also ban advertising and signs from STA buses? Let’s be equitable about this. These buses are little more than rolling billboards and while this is a novel concept, if one is going to eliminate billboards from bus benches, let’s take out the rolling billboards as well.


Hell, let’s take out all the advertising and billboards while we’re at it. Leave the billboards be or remove them all. Which is it?


Dave


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