Woodbury resident Crista Walsh was on her way to buy pumpkins with two of her children Sunday evening when she came across a number of political signs dumped in a farm field off Settlers Ridge Road.
She and her kids collected the signs, and Walsh used the experience as a lesson about right and wrong.
“We talked about theft and littering and freedom of speech,” Walsh said. “That it’s OK to have a different opinion.”
They were mostly “vote no” signs or supported Democratic candidates, Walsh said.
“Clearly a one-sided angry person,” she said with a laugh.
Ironically, Walsh’s family doesn’t have a political sign in their yard. But they did return one to her neighbor. It was stolen again by Monday morning.
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As her oldest son, 9, is asking more questions about politics, Walsh said that—despite the frustration of seeing the sings dumped—it was a good chance to open up the political discussion with her children. That doesn’t haven often enough between people of diverging political views, she said.
“It’s like we’re not even willing to have the conversation. That’s not right,” Walsh said. “It just seems like we’re better than this.”
Walsh did have one idea for the signs.
“I was going to put them all up in my yard,” she said. “But it wouldn’t have been worth it.”
Instead: “They’re all sitting in my garage,” Walsh said.