Never in my life have I see such a divisive topic as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. Riding my bike to work affords me a front seat view into the differing opinions of a neighborhood and how both sides react to those who add political signs to their yard in support or opposition of the amendment.
Take for example one street running perpendicular to Cedar in Apple Valley. One day I noticed several homes along the stretch added ‘Vote Yes’ signs to their yard and the next day several others opposite them added ‘Vote No’ signs to the mix. While I am not one to add a political sign to my yard being that I don’t believe they’ll change anyone’s opinion, I am shocked at the lengths some people will go to make their beliefs known and counter the opinions of others.
Sept. 11: A woman from the 9400 block of Maggie Lane reported that a political sign regarding the marriage amendment was stolen from her yard and a note stating disagreement with the woman’s political beliefs was left in her mailbox. There are no suspects.
Only in Minnesota would someone steal a political sign from a yard and then leave an anonymous note in the mailbox instead of knocking on the person’s door and saying to the person, “you’re a complete and unadulterated moron for believing what you do.” I have seen this ridiculousness myself. A home on 140th near the Apple Valley/Burnsville border had a “Vote Yes” sign on a fence running parallel to the road. One day it was there and the next it wasn’t. The following morning I saw it taped six ways to Sunday on the fence (as if that would stop someone from taking it off again).
Do you put political signs in your yard? If so, why? Do you think that it will somehow shame others into voting your way or will show those on the fence that they have others planning to vote the same way they are leaning and that sign may push them that way? Have you ever removed a political sign because you disagreed with it or had one removed from your property? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and vote over there —-> on the sidebar and then comment on below as I’d love to hear your thoughts. After you do both of those things feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.