Sign Vandalism in Howard County
By Deborah Lambert
HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Amid the shrill discourse that has characterized the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s not surprising that in Howard County alone, there have been 27 reports of campaign signs being vandalized or stolen since August 1, according to local law enforcement authorities.
The Columbia Patch reported that County Executive Allan Kittleman responded by saying: “We must choose the civil path of open dialogue and debate and not resort to the malicious destruction to make a point,” adding that “In this often polarizing political climate that we now find ourselves, we must find ways to rise above the name-calling, rancor and acts of destruction when someone else’s views challenge our own.”
Of course, the vandalism and destruction of political paraphernalia is not confined to Maryland.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that local political supporters in 2016 had figured out some creative ways to discourage lawn thieves.
Joanna Sloskey said, “I slather my yard signs in Vaseline and attach a note telling them that they are being watched on two different night vision cameras.”
Barbara G. Blum noted that “When I lived in Chester County, Obama signs were stolen in record numbers. Some Dems put oily, or greasy material on the post or around edges. Others Wet Paint!”
Rob Narcavage: “Time to electrify the next Trump sign, that’ll teach em.”
Last month, an Indianapolis homeowner strung some green fishing line through his signs, and tripped up someone as she tried to make off with his pro-Trump signs before turning a tape of the incident over to authorities.
Picture of Trump sign courtesy of Frank Mirabile, local Trump campaign organizer.