With Election Day a month away, political signs are in bloom across Central New York. This development gladdens the hearts of candidates running for local office and irks some town and village elders who prefer their suburban and rural vistas be uncluttered.

The winner of this tug-of-war is clearly the folks who plant the signs. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that limits on signs are limits on speech, and therefore are unconstitutional.

Manlius got the message after it was sued by David Rubin, a resident of the town who also happens to be the former dean of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and a columnist for The Post-Standard. On Sept. 11, the town board voted unanimously to repeal the law. Good for them.

This week, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Skaneateles Village Board will hold a public hearing on repealing its zoning law limiting the placement of political signs. The board wants to avoid the expense of defending a lawsuit it probably wouldn’t win. Again, good for them.

Now the rest of our towns and villages with sign restrictions – you know who you are, Camillus, Chittenango, Cazenovia, DeWitt, and the list goes on — need to get with the program. Repeal your sign laws.

Meanwhile, candidates and their supporters can help their own cause and do their neighbors a kindness by voluntarily harvesting their signs after the votes are counted.