From the Bleachers


with Rich Summers


At work on Thursday Steve Brown showed me some photos of graffiti that was written in red paint on several doors at the Cameron County Little League concession stand. There were three words painted by the vandals, and predictably, two were misspelled. Mafia is not spelled Mofia and I really couldn’t make out Italian but when it was coupled with Mofia I figured it out. The third word, while not an awful bit of profanity, was just as predictably spelled correctly. 

There are two problems with vandalism of a community asset. The first is obvious, it takes money and work to eradicate or fix what was defaced or broken. The second and probably more important point is that it exposes the fact that there are folks, most likely kids, who don’t act as we would like them to. Defacing others’ property is not something we want our children to do. And punishment should be meted out to deter the actors, and other potential perpetrators from duplicating bad acts.



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