Vandalism hurts people, property and communityMy family and I moved to Two Harbors in 1999, so I’ve grown up here for 14 of my 18 years. I remember running and biking around our streets, climbing trees, and playing kick-ball in the churchyard with the other neighbor kids.
By: Aure Phillips, Lake County News Chronicle
My family and I moved to Two Harbors in 1999, so I’ve grown up here for 14 of my 18 years. I remember running and biking around our streets, climbing trees, and playing kick-ball in the churchyard with the other neighbor kids.
From eighth grade through graduation, my school days were spent in Duluth, but I still lived here, gratefully working a number of jobs, and, of course, spending my weekends and summer school breaks here at home.
I’m now attending a university in St. Paul, and it seems so often when I visit home these days, the most unfortunate things happen. It seems like every time I visit I come home to vandalism -- gardens torn up, fences destroyed, garages beaten in, or children’s rope swings cut down. It all hurts. This all happens to hit my house, the rest of the block I live on, and I’m sure, some other nearby residences.
I find it pitifully disappointing that some people have nothing better to do with their idle time than to inflict injury upon others, something that makes both my return trips home very disheartening, and this small town seem less and less welcoming , and less and less like “home”.
This isn’t to say my friends and I weren’t mischievous in our own way, but we never considered pranks that would hurt or injure anyone nor damage their property for “fun”. I’d like to ask those responsible; why? What possessed you to hurt others so cruelly? And parents, I hope you know where your children are and what they are up to in the middle of the night.
Especially when times are so tough economically and people are struggling to cope, it’s encouraging to see so many trying to improve their homes and our neighborhoods. That’s what makes this mindless vandalism so painful - watching it destroy those hopeful efforts.
I’d just like to end with the suggestion that those causing damage could, perhaps, redirect all this pent-up energy and destructive effort into something helpful, constructive, and kind. It might go far toward making this small town friendly to everyone – residents and visitors (who just might be prospective neighbors) – alike.