What possible positive public benefit could there be from the installation of the hideous signs on the Long Island Expressway that vaguely allude to products made in New York State [“More ‘Welcome to NY’ signs taken down,” News, July 21]?

Is a political hack or consultant being grossly overpaid to try to make the expressway look like the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx?

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It’s wiser to remove the visual pollution and traffic safety hazards and distractions. Only signs dealing directly with traffic and directions should be permitted. The current political administration would be wise to use a laudable standard that promotes public safety.

Howard Mandell, East Northport