“No Solicitation” signs and the effect on local politics | Street Jazz

Monday, July 3, 2017

“No Solicitation” signs and the effect on local politics

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Like so many others, I rejoiced when I finally found a “No Solicitation” sign for my front door - no more aggressive home security salesmen, folks wanting me to change my cable service, or nice little old ladies wanting to save my soul - though I did enjoy the candy bars I bought on occasion. But, as happens with all good things, the Law of Unintended Consequences comes into play, and with a start last week I realized that the sign on my door is also saying “NO!” to anyone running for local office who goes door-to-door, leaving literature and shaking hands.

I voted for Greg Leding, after all, because he came to my door and asked for my vote.

Whether I agree with folks or not, I appreciate them coming to my door, simply because it takes a lot of guts to do that. On each of my three doomed runs for public office, I went door-to-door. Who knows how many votes it eventually got me?

There are some who would tell you that you should go ahead and knock on the door of someone who has a “No Solicitation” sign anyway, such as the folks behind this website: “7 Myths About Door-to-Door Canvassing”

http://votergravity.com/7-myths-door-door-canvassing/

Who benefits from political groups or folks with few financial resources not being able to knock on doors? Well, folks already in power, and those who are well-financed.

I’m not charging anyone in power with an effort to thwart the efforts of small groups, but still, I’m not sure anyone has thought too much about this issue.

I’m seriously thinking of amending our sign, welcoming anyone with political literature.

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Today’s Soundtrack - Doctor Who!

If you need a “Doctor Who" fix, especially after this weekend’s outstanding episode, you can catch adventures of past Doctors on BBC radio.

Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor, is in this dandy play this week. - “Doctor Who: Point of Entry,” written by Barbara Clegg and Marc Platt.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wx032

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Now on YouTube: Mythology and Filmmaking

My interview with Chris Ott, on the fascinating subject of Mythology and Filmmaking. the perfect answer for those who whine, “It’s only a movie!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yguI4mII5JI

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