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Remove signs; settle dispute over rights of way

With the 2016 primary over, winners and losers alike should do their communities a favor by pulling up the political signs. A few weeks of uncluttered landscape before the fall campaigns fire up would be welcome. Meanwhile, legislators should start looking for a resolution to the dispute over whether cities still can ban political and other signs in public rights of way, such as the grassy areas between sidewalk and curb. A 2015 state law says they can’t, but cities including Wichita and Haysville say they can, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. As it is, the disparate rules and spotty enforcement are driving candidates crazy and confusing everybody. – Rhonda Holman