Your Opinion: Irresponsible actions

Dear Editor:

After reading some of the articles in your “Local” page of the paper, I was made aware again of what I like to call “personal responsibility.”

One article reported that an individual stole 100 feet of one-fourth inch galvanized piping and two large boxes of “hurricane clips” from the building site of our new animal shelter. The amount of the theft was $2,500. Additional copper wire was taken from the floor and a wall at the site, resulting in an additional $1,500. A young man later delivered several hundred pounds of metals at the federal recycling location receiving and an amount of $66, which was used to purchase gasoline, cigarettes and marijuana.

In a letter the “Your Opinion” column, a gentleman reported vandals damaged his outdoor Christmas display that he had entered in the decorating contest. I can understand his dismay and frustration after finding his display that he spent many hours making and the money that he spent had been ripped apart by vandals.

Both incidents raise the question, are we no longer taking personal responsibility for our actions. I realize that many people are living in very difficult situations but that does not allow theft and vandalism to prevail.

Maybe this message needs to be reinforced, and all of us need to realize there are consequences to our actions.

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