Sunday, December 14, 2008

How Times Do Change

Remember when, and it wasn't all that long ago, that fireworks broke out on the Square (well, near the Square), when Fat Tony's Comics put an A-frame advertising sign out on its sidewalk to attract business? Tony's was on Washington (or is it Church St. there?), just west of the train tracks.

As I recall, it was a small sign - just something to alert passersby that his store was there. Oh, all the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands - and threats of fines.

Well, apparently times have changed. I'm not sure who the sponsor of this sign is (and another sign just like it over at the top of Main Street). From the looks of the logo the sign could belong to the Chamber of Commerce.

Now I don't oppose tasteful, professionally-created, small A-frame signs. They can compliment a business and draw attention not only to the business that is advertising, but to other merchants.

So thanks to the City for relaxing its sign ordinance and realizing that merchants who stay in business pay sales taxes. Well, actually it's the customers who pay the taxes; the merchant just collects and forwards them.

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