Wednesday, November 7, 2012
On Oct. 20, our Obama/Biden sign was stolen from our yard. We got another sign from the Obama headquarters downtown and put it up in our yard, along with signs for Jay Inslee and Rich Cowan.
Last night, our Obama sign was stolen again, as was our Rich Cowan sign.
I am in my 50s and have lived in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah as well as Washington.
I have been active in political campaigns and have voted in all of those states except Oklahoma. Most of those states are hardly hotbeds of Democratic support, and my advocacy for Democratic candidates must have been unpopular with some of my neighbors in many of those communities.
But never before in my life have I experienced the theft of a campaign sign or the destruction of a bumper sticker.
Stealing a campaign sign shows open disregard for the right to free speech. This does not speak well for Walla Walla.
Whoever stole our signs should be deeply ashamed.
Their actions violate not only the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech, but every principle of civic responsibility and civil behavior.