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Signs of an Ugly Election Season?

Two signs for Republican candidates in Barrington disappear from in front of a Blount Circle home early Thursday morning.

Kay Chapin sees signs -- actually the absence of signs -- that indicate it could be an ugly election season in Barrington.

Two signs for Republican candidates disappeared from in front of her Blount Circle home early Thursday morning, July 12, Chapin said.

“I had a sign for Brendan Doherty and a sign for Barry Hinckley,” she said. “Both were here when I went out at 6 this morning. They were gone at 8:30."

The Doherty for Congress and Hinckley for Senate signs were posted about three weeks ago, Chapin said. Each one was about 18x36 inches in size.

“They were unobtrusive, I think,” she said. “I certainly don’t think they were a traffic hazard.”

To make sure, she actually had a reflector attached to the signs to alert drivers to them.

“They took the reflector, too,” Chapin said.

Chapin reported the disappearance to the police. A patrol officer took a report.

“I am presuming the opposition took the signs,” Chapin said. “The police said this is the first time this election season they’ve gotten a report.”

Chapin also thinks it may be a first in her neighborhood.

“I am very distressed that Blount Circle has had a theft,” she said. “This is supposed to be a safe area. Next step is sentry cameras.”

Chapin plans to replace the signs. In the meantime, she has nailed a smaller sign for Hinckley to a tree in front of her home.

“I want to make sure people are aware of this,” she said of the theft.

Joel Hellmann July 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
As a devout independent, I assure you I would react the same. I wrote a letter against a democrat placing signs a few year ago
Marcia M. Weeden July 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
They would be the same from me, Gina. I'm a registered Independent, by the way.
Pledgling September 01, 2012 at 12:02 PM
They put signs up in Johnston, North Providence, and Providence, why not put them up here. It is just the homeowner's choice. It doesn't have to get heated like this. As a resident of North Providence, I actually like the signs. It makes me excited to vote!
Lorraine F September 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Pledge - I lived in North Providence through the Sal Mancini era (15 years) and moved away because of the political nonsense. My husband was a North Providence political junkie just like you. It's the same reason I moved away from him. Happy in Barrington with no signs on the horizon!
Lorraine F September 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Here is an interesting way to look at this. Look at the financial health of each town as a percentage of the signage in each town. That should tell you something If my memory serves me correct, you cannot drive down Mineral Spring Ave in October and read the business signs because of the overlapping political signs. It's like staring into one of those 3-D pictures for 10 minutes to finally see jumping dolphins.

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