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Dear Anne: I will be 80 in October 2022. I have no problem with aging. It’s better than the alternative.

I read this years ago and still think these are good words to live by: “Age is just a number of years… It’s what you make of those years that keeps you young and beautiful close by. Age is a state of mind: If you leave your dreams behind… you grow old. — Senior

Dear Elder: Thank you for your wonderful letter and positive perspective. I hope he finds inspiration for everyone to live their best life.

Dear readers: Many readers offered a simple solution to the problem posed by “Angry Neighbor”, who was frustrated that a neighboring house kept a yard long after their candidate lost the election. Here are some of the best letters with this solution.

Dear Anne: As a former contestant, I had sign removal deadlines that had to be met or I could be fined for every sign that was still posted. This was a municipal ordinance for primary and general elections. Candidates obtain this information when they submit their application.

The location didn’t matter, whether the signs were in my yard, a friend’s yard, on a private fence (with permission) or on public land.

“Angry Neighbor” should call City Hall and inquire about local rules regarding posting signs. I guess a law can be broken every day it stays in court. — A winning candidate

Dear Anne: Wow, talk about judging your neighbor! While I believe “Angry Neighbor” believes “most politicians” are dishonest and busy defending the one and only he or she knows, he or she is dead wrong.

There are over 550,000 elected officials in the United States. Most “politicians” are city and county officials trying to do a job dictated by state, federal, and local laws, but that’s how it works in a democracy.

One thing citizens need to understand is that they are part of this democracy and it is important to know your personal rights. Most cities and towns have rules regarding signage and how long the sign can remain posted. Many cities have permit fees required to post a sign. Reporting posting abuse beyond the limit is a service to others. “Angry Neighbor” should go to City Hall, inquire about the rule regarding signage, and follow it. — A citizen who has been elected and served honestly

Dear Anne: The neighbor who is annoyed by a political sign – posted in a yard two months after an election – can report it to his city’s zoning department. Look up the city code on the internet and see for yourself: political and other signs are regulated in residential areas, and there’s a delay before and after an election for them to be posted legally. Most likely, someone from town will knock on the door and demand that it be removed. It has nothing to do with the candidate on the sign, by the way. –Easy fix

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