PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some homeowners in the quiet Murdoch Farms section of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood are angry after getting postcards in the mail asking them to take down campaign signs in their yards.
The cards say in part, “If you feel strongly about your candidates, then talk to your neighbors, use other channels, like the Internet, and consider taking down the signs that are distracting from our beautiful neighborhood.”
Steve Schwartz is one of the residents that got a postcard.
He enlarged it and posted it in his front yard, alongside the political signs.
“We wanted people to know, who didn’t get this card, that this attitude is out there,” Schwartz said, “and [to] be careful because you might have something in your yard that somebody doesn’t like, and you’ll be next to get a postcard.”
A few blocks away, Kristen Udvari got a postcard. She said she just moved to the neighborhood in August.
“I wondered if it was just me who got the card,” she said. “I was appalled and stunned.”
Chris Fleischner, who lives in the area, said he was surprised by the postcards that some of his neighbors have been receiving.
“We’re happy to have the signs,” said Fleischner. “Every four years, people express what they want to in terms of their preference. This year, someone decided to send out letters to whoever put up signs, so that’s rather surprising.”