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Give merchants an even break

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For crying out loud! Give our merchants a break! (Journal) front page today (April 5): “Businesses told of banner ban”! The economy is so bad, our merchants in Auburn absolutely need to advertise in any way they can. With so many more important issues to address right now, why in the world would a council member bring up this vote to discontinue the city’s temporary sign regulations? I applaud Mayor Bill Kirby for his comment, “I am not overjoyed about that.” “I think it’s a bad time. I think we need to be very careful here in these tough economic times. There are a lot of small businesses that put out signs that are not offensive, and not obtrusive and not in the right-of-way.” Good for Mayor Kirby! Who else agrees with me? Audrey Reighley, Auburn