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    I found this article in my local paper and then I went online and there it was.



    http://www.journaltimes.com/news/loc...cc4c002e0.html



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    RACINE - The sign on top of the doorway of Serriah's Beauty Salon, 3500 Kinzie Ave., shows a curvaceous woman in a skin-tight dress.



    Store owner Luerene Locke put the sign up without city staff approval as required, according to Director of City Development Brian O'Connell. They asked her to submit her proposal, which was then rejected in July.



    Upon reviewing the sign, city staff asked Locke to reduce the size of the image of "the dancing girl," or just go with the words, but she decided to appeal.



    The matter was scheduled to go before the City Plan Commission Wednesday night, but Locke was unable to come. The matter was deferred to Aug. 26.



    On Wednesday, the city staff's recommendation was to uphold the initial rejection.



    "I'm not sure the sign is entirely appropriate for a residential area," said Alderman Greg Helding, a commission member. "Especially when you consider it's right across from a grade school."





    Now I personally don't have a problem with the sign and where its located. I don't even think its offensive. Its not something I would do but I guess my question would be is the appropriateness for the area (residential across from a grade school) where its located. Can a community dictate the removal of sign like this based on what the community finds offensive or would it violate the owners 1st amendment rights? I guess I didn't think I lived in an uptight community, but now I have my doubts.

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    I don't think it's offensive at all.

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    [quote name='Blueneck' date='13 August 2009 - 12:15 PM' timestamp='1250183749' post='4626']

    I don't think it's offensive at all.

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    There are a lot of uptight politicians even at the local level attempting to control morality or legislate community standards. I think its time that people start loosening their butt cheeks and relax. Its bad for business.

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    good god, what do they want her to use a fat, frumpy image?

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    [quote name='justonemorevoice' date='13 August 2009 - 05:41 PM' timestamp='1250203271' post='4810']

    good god, what do they want her to use a fat, frumpy image?

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    Maybe the school across the street could use it as sex education tool.

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    [quote name='steezer' date='13 August 2009 - 07:30 PM' timestamp='1250206211' post='4839']

    Maybe the school across the street could use it as sex education tool.

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    Doing something "for the children" has always been righty code for censoring something. Musn't let Denis Leary or George Carlin swear. Think of the children! The HORROR of it, that children will hear the word F*CK from a comedian rather than when Daddy hits himself on the thumb with his hammer.



    Must punish Janet Jackson for her wardrobe malfunction. Can't let the CHILDREN see a naked tit (as though many of them weren't breast fed as kids... where were the prudes and prigs then????)



    I don't have any kids and frankly I see no problem with this sign. If parents want to raise a bunch of sheltered pussies let them be home schooled.

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    [quote name='johnlocke' date='15 August 2009 - 11:01 AM' timestamp='1250352091' post='5537']

    Doing something "for the children" has always been righty code for censoring something. Musn't let Denis Leary or George Carlin swear. Think of the children! The HORROR of it, that children will hear the word F*CK from a comedian rather than when Daddy hits himself on the thumb with his hammer.



    Must punish Janet Jackson for her wardrobe malfunction. Can't let the CHILDREN see a naked tit (as though many of them weren't breast fed as kids... where were the prudes and prigs then????)



    I don't have any kids and frankly I see no problem with this sign. If parents want to raise a bunch of sheltered pussies let them be home schooled.

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    I have two boys 9 and 13 and when I showed them the picture of the sign they laughed, and when I read the article to them my oldest said, "are you kidding?"

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    The zoning nazi's are getting out of control again. They didn't say the sign was inappropriate they said it was not entirely appropriate meaning it is partly OK? They did not ask that it be removed (which is what they would do if it violated some rule or law) they asked that it be reduced.



    If it is wrong get rid of it. If there is no clear harm being done then let the people shop at her store or not.

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    [quote name='johnlocke' date='15 August 2009 - 11:01 AM' timestamp='1250352091' post='5537']

    Doing something "for the children" has always been righty code for censoring something. Musn't let Denis Leary or George Carlin swear. Think of the children! The HORROR of it, that children will hear the word F*CK from a comedian rather than when Daddy hits himself on the thumb with his hammer.



    Must punish Janet Jackson for her wardrobe malfunction. Can't let the CHILDREN see a naked tit (as though many of them weren't breast fed as kids... where were the prudes and prigs then????)



    I don't have any kids and frankly I see no problem with this sign. If parents want to raise a bunch of sheltered pussies let them be home schooled.

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    Their baby formula probably had lead in it.

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    [quote name='lakeman' date='25 August 2009 - 10:21 AM' timestamp='1251213692' post='10804']

    The zoning nazi's are getting out of control again. They didn't say the sign was inappropriate they said it was not entirely appropriate meaning it is partly OK? They did not ask that it be removed (which is what they would do if it violated some rule or law) they asked that it be reduced.



    If it is wrong get rid of it. If there is no clear harm being done then let the people shop at her store or not.

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    I agree, but they are planting the seeds of doubt and often that's all it takes.

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