letter to the editor

Return the sign

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 3:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Through the years, I have had a road sign at the end of my driveway. Usually I use it for business but sometimes for other messages as well. For example, I have had “Good Luck Seahawks,” “Go Pats,” “Go Giants,” or maybe a birthday wish or two. Last spring, I put “Thank you essential workers” on it.

    Paul and Ann LePage are friends to us and this time, as he had announced he was running for governor, I put “Good Luck Gov. LePage” on the sign. I guess someone must have taken this as offensive and sometime between Friday after 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. it was taken. The fact that it was gone disturbed me almost as much as the fact that someone would take it. These signs are expensive and run around $160 apiece. So now it must be replaced.

    I am a Vietnam War veteran and enlisted in the USAF. For six years I went to work every day to protect and defend this country and the people of it. Even the person who took my sign.

    I believe the Constitution was written for everyone and we all have the same rights. To infringe on them is just plain wrong.

    When I was a kid, I use to pick blueberries with my grandmother. We would put them on a TV stand to sell down by our mailbox and leave a note to put the money in a coffee can. Imagine!

    The taking of my sign was an act of pure thievery. Now perform an act of pure atonement and bring it back to me, no questions asked.

    Leon Blackman

    Boothbay