Life Lessons After Woodbury Family Finds Dozens of Stolen Political Signs

Crista Walsh came across the dumped signs on Sunday evening.

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.

This is a typical issue every election season. See:

  • House Candidates from Woodbury Condemn Theft of Political Signs

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.


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JStandal October 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Richard, I re-read my comment and cannot find in there where I said I suspected it was my neighbors. I haven't a clue as to the identity of the perpetrator. In fact, I very much doubt it was a neighbor. My point was that even though I appear to be in the minority in terms of my political affiliations, I would never try to impede upon someone else's right to have their opinion and to openly express it.
Crista Walsh October 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Lets connect! Glad to return them to their rightful owners.
Crista Walsh October 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Posted another one last night and same thing this morning - gone!
Crista Walsh October 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
We're going to try planting an infared hunting camera to see what we can find out!
Kris Janisch October 24, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Ha! Maybe we can live stream the hunting camera on Patch Crista!


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