Forum News Service, Published June 14 2013
Billboard concerns Duluth couple
In the e-mail with the subject line “Offensive ‘buttcrack’ billboard needs to be removed,” Dennis P. and Rosemarie Mitchell — who have authored a number of letters to the editor on the News Tribune and Duluth Budgeteer News opinion pages, including the Internet-famous “Olympics showed too much flesh” in August 2012 — call for the removal of a Minnesota Department of Health billboard showing a person’s rear peeking through jeans and a T-shirt and the words “Cover your butt! Get a colonoscopy.” The Mitchells go on to write that the billboard’s message further adds to the deterioration “of our morals and modesty.”
In an e-mail reply, Mayor Ness said: “The City does not have those sort of censorship powers. I would encourage you to contact the billboard company with your concerns. Thank you.”
Drivers and passengers still can see the rear-view sign through the windshield — or rear-view mirror.