Dr. George at work

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 6, 2009

Q: My neighbor has a large business sign in front of his house. It looks awful. Do you think my neighbor is conducting good business or is a shameless marketer? — Bad Sign of the Times

A: This person’s behavior reminds me of a quote from Marshall McLuhan: “The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.” There is such a thing as good taste in business, but this is bad taste. A residential area is not the place to advertise business. Check to see if your neighborhood has a covenant that includes inappropriate signage. Or check community laws on such things. Or meet with the person and tell him the sign is inappropriate. As a last recourse, talk to an elected official who can put some teeth into your requests. After all, you are potential voters.

Dr. George R. Abraham is a native of Vicksburg and a former longtime educator, business manager and consultant. He is an author who hosts “The Dr. George Show” on 1490 AM at the Klondyke in Vicksburg from 9 until 10 a.m. each Tuesday.. E-mail him at georgeabraham@aol.com

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