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August 26, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Banner advertisements over Seattle

A step too far

Wayne Adair tows his Ads Aloft banner to promote his advertising business. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

Wayne Adair tows his Ads Aloft banner to promote his advertising business. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

I live in a view apartment on Beacon Hill, and for months now, I have woken up on weekends with loud airplanes sporting gigantic advertising banners in front of my window for hours on end.

I pay for a view of the Puget Sound, Sodo, downtown and the mountains, and instead of getting to relax on my deck with a cup of coffee and enjoy the lovely quiet and beautiful view, I now suffer a number of loud airplanes toting everything from Geicko to Dreamgirls blocking my once quiet and beautiful view.

We all live with advertising; it is a necessary evil we all deal with. Lots of us pay to avoid it and we get to have some choice in the matter. However, these flying ads clogging up our skies is just a step too far.

Seattle prides itself on being a “green” city. We recycle, make room for bikes on the road, we don’t allow smoking in many places, but for some reason it has become OK for advertisers to take their drivel to the skies where we, the public, are simply forced to endure it.

We don’t need a football-field-sized ad flying around the skies of Seattle to tell us where to buy our insurance. I guarantee you that every single person I’ve spoken to is as offended as I am!

I encourage everyone in Seattle to write, call and complain about this latest invasion of advertising into our beautiful skies.

Victoria Hoyt, Seattle

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