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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Signs of the times

I hate it when people tinker with street signs.
It's a common prank around here -- and in many other places, too, I'm sure -- to either reverse the street names on a sign at a corner or remove the sign altogether. This morning, for example, I noticed the sign at the corner of Green and Main streets in Uptown Kingston had been reversed so that Green appeared to Main, and Main appeared to be Green.
This may seem like harmless fun to the people who do it, but consider the impact on, say, an ambulance driver trying to respond to a reported heart attack and getting lost because a street is mismarked; not to mention the impact on the person having the heart attack. So much for harmless fun.
Or, heaven forbid, someone finds it humorous to remove a stop sign. No one involved in the resulting crash would be laughing, I assure you.



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