Opinion from the Louisville Courier-Journal, May 22, 2005
A lawless massacre
Over and over again, the members of the Kentucky General Assembly have made it clear: They do not want trees cut down in the public right-of-way in order to make billboards sitting on private land more visible to travelers.
But in the end, sanity prevails, and lawmakers conclude that Kentucky's greater resource is its scenic beauty, not privately owned billboards.
No doubt the debate over tree and brush cutting will continue when lawmakers gather again next year. But until the law is changed, it's clear that trees are not to be cut on the public right-of-way except for safety reasons.
So far, there has been no public pressure to change that law and give billboard companies a reason to ruin Kentucky's beautiful landscapes with even more of their signs.