This letter is intended to clarify some misinformation about the campaign yard signs stolen in the Hidden Lake subdivision and my home. An article and picture on the front page of the Oct. 26 Tracy Press made it seem that my home was the only one that survived the theft of all Republican campaign yard signs.
That was not the case. I actually reported to the police on Oct. 22 that seven candidate campaign signs were stolen from my yard and informed them that the whole subdivision’s Republican campaign yard signs also were missing. After I noticed mine were gone, I took a drive around the subdivision and noticed all the Republican candidates’ campaign signs missing. It just so happened that the only ones still left in yards were for Rhodesia Ransom and Democratic causes and candidates.
I am involved in the Republican Party campaign and have access to acquiring and delivering the yard signs, so I was able to replace mine and a few neighbors the very next day. It’s a shame that people feel the need to steal and trespass on private property — it just shows the bad character of the people and/or volunteers from in and outside our area helping the opposition candidates. It’s as if they think by stealing the signs that their candidates will win.
As of Oct. 28, I just noticed I had another campaign sign stolen. This not only a violation and invasion of my private property — as they had to come on my property to do it — but there also is a dollar value for each sign they steal, and for which the candidates pay money.
This is still a free America, and we should feel free to advertise for the candidates of our choice without the fear of theft on our private property. I realize this occurs during every election, but I noticed that it is getting worse each election year.
Our society’s morals and values are declining, which is the real problem, and we need to help train and teach this generation many things, like manners, honesty and integrity — and it starts at home. Be that great example, as action speaks louder than words.