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Friday Catchall: Campaign signs are not for stealing

Campaign signs are visible along local streets, including Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Campaign signs are visible along local streets, including Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

The Friday Catchall:

• HERE’S YOUR SIGN – Campaign signs — love ’em or hate ’em — they’re not for stealing.

At an event this week I learned that most of the Prescott council and mayoral candidates are feeling a pinch of sorts: someone is stealing their campaign signs. At least one candidate came home after the weekend to absolutely no campaign signs, and at least one candidate was missing none (just sayin’).

While I have previously stated in this space I’m not a fan of these vote-for-me, election devices, theft of them stoops really low.

I don’t like campaign signs because they tell the voter very little. I am more a fan of details.

Still, during an election season, when you do not see a candidate’s signs one has to wonder if they want the job; maybe that’s the thief’s intent.

My favorites over the years include one from Lake Havasu — “Keep Crews In,” a council sign for Jack Crews, who at the time was running for re-election. I think the sign has a classic car on it. And, of course, I loved one of Prescott’s own: “I (love) Lucy,” which were campaign signs for Lucy Mason (with a heart on the sign, like the TV show), who was on the Prescott council and was a state legislator (2003-11), among other positions.

The Courier reported about a man who was arrested on charges of (sign) theft, though I cannot say he was responsible for all I had heard about.

The lesson I have here is you may not like politics, or a certain politician, but some things are beyond the pale.

Whatever happened to a “clean” election?

If you see or know anything of other political signs being illegally removed, call Prescott Police at 928-777-1988, or their 24/7 non-emergency line, 928-445-3131.

• COMPARISON – I know enough about baseball to be dangerous, but took interest in the news about the latest “best pitcher” in the major leagues: Corey Kluber of the Indians.

No doubt, he’s among the best this year – along with Boston’s Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, and Max Scherzer of Washington.

Yet, when touting Kluber, he’s not quite Hall of Fame material, yet. For that, I look to Randy Johnson, who led the MLB with a WAR (wins above replacement) of 9.2, 8.1, 10.0 and 10.9 (1999-2002). That includes the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series Championship.

The guys today compare so far this year, according to, with WARs of 6.9 (Kluber), 7.6 (Sale), 4.5 (Kershaw), and 5.6 (Scherzer).

Over a career, few will even touch Johnson’s level.

• OUTDOORS – Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and everyone can celebrate.

Please remember that the costs to hunt and fish are not only an economic driver (I know some store owners who look forward to these seasons), they also contribute to conservation through science-based management.

In fact, since 1939, hunters and anglers have generated more than $15 billion toward wildlife restoration through an excise tax imposed on the sale of hunting, angling and shooting-sports equipment, according to Arizona Game & Fish.

That’s serious.

• PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): “Zeppapotapuss” — one of Arizona’s best Led Zeppelin tribute bands performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle. Oh, and it’s free.

Follow Tim Wiederaenders on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or

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