In the News: Syracuse Post-Standard: Political signs are free speech, not a blight on suburban lawns

By Editorial Board

While many consider political signs ugly and annoying, they are free speech at its purest. In case after case, courts have struck down efforts to limit this most basic form of political speech. In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in City of Ladue et al. v. Gilleo that curbs on political lawn signs were unconstitutional. 

The town of Manlius is about to learn this civics lesson at the cost of defending a lawsuit.

David Rubin, the former dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a resident of Manlius, is suing to overturn town ordinances declaring when he can put up a political sign and when he must take it down.

Town officials feigned surprise. But…

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