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Local businesses put up political signs

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Signs can say a lot without anyone having to say a word. Now some business owners wear their political opinions on their storefronts.

Just like feelings about Governor Walker's budget repair bill, opinions are divided about whether or not it's okay to put political perspectives in front of a restaurant.

Signs in the windows of the Eagle Nest are outspoken, supporting state workers.

"We had asked around how people would feel about us doing it and they were all for it so we went ahead and did it," said Eagle's Nest owner Melissa Butt.

As patrons eat, they get a piece of politics.

"That's entirely their prerogative," said former DC Everest School District employee Judy Ugoretz. "You can disagree with people, you can agree with people. If you don't like what you see, it's like the TV with your porn stuff. Turn it off. Go somewhere else."

Across town, the marquee outside the Wausau Mine Company changes nearly every day. One of the restaurant owners said he likes to come up with witty one-liners for one side and advertise special deals on the other.

"They're either catching something funny on their way to work and hearing our specials on the way back or vice versa," said Wausau Mine Company co-owner Dan Wage.

But when asked whether or not he would put his political opinions on his signs,  Wage said he doesn't want to alienate potential customers.

"I try to steer as far away from politics and religion as I can," said Wage. "I was taught that at a young age."

Butt said when state workers eat at the Eagle's Nest, they leave behind a stamp of approval.

"We do depend on the public employees for, like today, the roads," said Butt.

Still, some who eat at the Eagle's Nest said they're upset by the signs. Others didn't even notice them when they walked in, but said they wouldn't go elsewhere because of what's written on the storefront.

Either way, store owners said they want to keep people walking in the door and enjoying their food.

Wage said even though the signs in front of their restaurant will continue to change, he has no plans of putting up any political messages in the future.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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