Someone sent me a copy of what they posted in Klamath County. It said: “You can steal our signs, but you can’t steal our vote.” What the note didn’t say was that when a person steals a political sign from someone’s yard, or commits an act of vandalism because of the presence of a political sign, the perpetrator is committing a crime of theft and threatening violence.

A number of signs have been stolen in Lake County. Those of us from either political party who are putting out signs or posters are enthusiastically and legally posting their right to vote and support candidates. I haven’t seen any Republican signs go missing. A few signs posted in Lake County promoting a particular candidate is not a threat to any stable or reasonable person.

Cowardly persons lurking near private homes after dark have taken something that doesn’t belong to them, thereby threatening the safety of several elderly persons and several women living alone. This is public notice that this is happening.

Just like a parent who has a kid that can’t answer a pertinent question, such as: “Why were you home late?” or “How did you do on your test?” we know that just by bringing it to their attention, the child already knows that the parent knows the answer is not a good one. And we parental types won’t be easily distracted or intimidated. We will still vote. My ballot is here in my hands.

I want to acknowledge those thieves and buggers for bringing their darkness of behavior out into the light of day. Silence that condones that behavior is complicity and a sign of the times.

Orlando Gonzales


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