Don't target billboards
Dec 07, 2011 | 5054 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The crackdown by the Department of Buildings concerning alleged illegal outdoor billboard advertisements, including those on buildings, continues to be disappointing. This is sad to those who cherish free speech. Perhaps all have forgotten about the Bill of Rights and First Amendment.

If you don't like the ad, don't buy the product. Advertisers will get the message. How ironic that those who would defend public displays of artwork that some might consider pornographic are so quick to censor outdoor advertisers.

There are many small business and building owners who struggle to survive due to excessive government regulations, property taxes and rent control. They need income from billboard advertisements to help pay these expenses.

Dealing with the Buildings Department is difficult enough. What's next, more silly city Council legislation forcing all advertisers to first get a permit from the Municipal Arts Society and create the new Department of Visual Arts?

What constitutes illegal versus informative advertising should be in the eye of the beholder, not Big Brother!


Larry Penner

Great Neck
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