The forthcoming election is obviously an emotional event for many, myself included.
I have my political preferences, and others in the community have theirs.
This letter is not to debate politics or advocate in favor of a particular candidate: It’s about common courtesy and civility.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the political preferences of all in the community, I respect everybody’s right to express their preferences. When folks place signs in their yards and driveways that favor a political candidate that is contrary to my preference, I don’t deface, damage, or steal the signs: I simply look the other way.
Yet, somehow, folks think stealing or damaging signs that favor the “opposing” side reflects favorably on them and their candidate. I’ve had multiple yard signs stolen from my yard because, apparently, not everybody in my community favors the same presidential candidate as me.
It makes me sad that folks in the community in which I live and grow think that this is the behavior of mature and responsible adults. I’m not sure how they think this will help them or their candidate, but it only serves to encourage me to work harder for the candidate of my choosing in ways these folks can neither see nor impede.
I hope that instead of resorting to vandalism and thuggery, that these folks will instead work equally hard in mature and productive ways for the candidate of their choice.
If you want to steal my signs, that’s fine. It just encourages me to work harder for the candidate of my choice.
May the best candidate win, and above all else … please vote.