Disrespect of property can backfire

Published 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To the editor:

My dear midnight skulker,

On October 15, at 2:44, I dispatched a missive to the Bulletin, decrying the theft of an Obama sign from my property.

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At 3:26, I asked the Bulletin not to publish that letter because the sign (hopefully) had just fallen down.Then, you struck again on the night of October 26, not only tearing down all the signs, but trampling on them – thus vandalizing, as well as trespassing.

By the morning of the 29th, you had removed the tattered signs, for which I thank you.

It is not the province of this letter to speculate on the bright color – or texture – of your backbone, nor the emotional complexities of your character, but you may wish to consider some of the implications of your act(s).

1.  This illegal vandalism simply energizes and makes your political opponents more determined to work for their candidates. 2. It can make “undecided” voters wonder if vandals and disrespectors of private property are worthy of their vote. 3. At least one – and probably more – of your circle of friends, relatives and acquaintances either knows – or strongly suspects – who you are. You are now in that person’s power because you can be exposed; do not offend that person!

– Bill Holcomb, Tryon