To the Editor: Landlord's signs do not speak for tenants
Written by Guy Batterson   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:32
The school levy issue has the potential to be fairly divisive to our small community. There are strong and vocal proponents for either side of the issue. However, one of the proponents of the anti-levy campaign, the Greenbriar Co., has overstepped a moral boundary. They have chosen to speak for all of their tenants on all of their properties by placing campaign signs on the lawns of these properties.
What Greenbriar has done is perfectly legal. They do have the right to place signs on their properties. However, it is morally reprehensible to place a political sign in front of a tenant's residence without their permission. What Greenbriar has done is to dictate to their tenants specifically how they should think about the levy issue. The problem is, all of its tenants are above the age of legal consent, and are more than capable of making up their own minds. If Greenbriar had chosen to ask their tenants permission first, I would not have a problem with their actions. If it had only placed a sign in front of its place of business I would not have a problem. They did not do either of these. I can infer this statement from the evidence that most of the signs were removed by the tenants the next day.
It sickens me to think that Greenbriar felt they needed to dictate to their tenants what to think about the levy. This is made worse by the fact that most of their tenants are college students who do not vote in BG elections because they are not registered to vote here. I know that Greenbriar spent a lot of money to have those signs printed. For those residents who had a sign placed in their yard by their landlord (any landlord), but do not want it, I suggest you return them to your landlord so they can give them to someone who actually does want a sign.
Guy Batterson
Bowling Green
 

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