Ah, election time. A glorious period ever so often where public debates are common and a flurry of monetary promises are at their peak.
As is commonplace, weeks out from the great poll is an abundance of roadside signs, showcasing the gleaming faces of our prospective candidates and the policies they stand for.
I for one don't have an issue with a few of them posted along the street.
That is, of course, emphasis on the word 'few'.
For you see between the Taree Central carpark and nearby petrol station, you're greeted by nearly 20 Nationals and Country Labor inspired signs.
That's more red and green than a South Sydney home game in about the same length as your stock standard swimming pool. (Maybe that's a slight over exaggeration but you get the picture.)
Passing through the roundabout near the Taree South service centre or cruising along Bushland Drive?
You're given the same treatment.
Not to mention along The Lakes Way or Main Street in Cundletown where the cluster of signs, in some cases quasi-billboards, resembles a game of 'Guess Who'.
Surely the message will get through without having the same sign 20 metres apart? Right?
I shouldn't nitpick. After all, they'll be gone in a week or so but here's hoping our Federal nominees scale it back in a few months time.
Now I certainly don't condone the theft or vandalism of election signs at all.
Seeing all our candidates, who are actually doing something productive by putting themselves forward for a shot at the Myall Lakes seat, with black spray paint smeared across their faces isn't a great look and a poor reflection on those individuals our chosen person will represent in State parliament.
They are justifiably disappointed.
So come on guys, express your opinions and political allegiances in an honourable way.
And while you're at it, enjoy a democracy sausage on March 23.