Not a good sign

The Compass - - OPINION - The fol­low­ing let­ter was also pub­lished in the July 5, 2012 print edi­tion of The Telegram.

Lured by tourist ad­ver­tis­ing and the per­sua­sive en­thu­si­asm of New­found­lan­ders, my hus­band and I spent much of May in your beau­ti­ful prov­ince.

While we were im­pressed by the am­biance of your out­ports and the hilly beauty o f o l d S t . J ohn’s , w e w e r e ap­palled by the lack of any ap­par­ent control over the ugly bill­boards and gar­ish flu­o­res­cent signs lin­ing your high­ways and found at the en­trances of al­most ev­ery com­mu­nity. For ex­am­ple, on Veter­ans Me­mo­rial High­way, just be­fore the tourist chalet out­side Bay Roberts, busi­ness sig­nage has even been painted on rock faces.

Nowhere else in Canada have we seen such dis­re­gard for the nat­u­ral beauty of the coun­try­side. Since the per­pe­tra­tor’s name and ad­dress is em­bla­zoned on each of th­ese signs, surely this des­e­cra­tion would not be too difficult to stop.

We were ap­palled by

the lack of any ap­par­ent control over the ugly bill­boards and gar­ish flu­o­res­cent signs lin­ing your high­ways

and found at the en­trances of al­most ev­ery com­mu­nity.

Rose and Leonard Car­ruthers write from

Rich­mond, B.C.

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