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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Wendy Hoover-Carpentier October 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
There were a couple of Vote No signs tossed in the intersection of Eagle View Blvd and Cottage Grove Drive this morning.
Beth-Ann Bloom October 22, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I'd be happy to get them from Crista's garage and redistribute them to folks who want to express their opinions without being limited by "a one-sided angry person."
Kris Janisch October 22, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Wild that they had their neighbors' sign back up Sunday night and it was gone again by this morning.
Kathryn Z Berg, MA, CCH October 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I would put them all in my yard and use a motion sensor sprinkler system to target the thieves. I have the system, just not the signs.
Kris Janisch October 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Ha! Excellent idea Kathryn.
Frederick Hess October 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
How sad. It is private property the signs were stolen from. So much for freedom of speech and the right to have differing opinions. Before placing the marriage amendment on the ballot I tried to warn my elected state representative of how hateful and divisive this amendment would be. That it would send a message to kids that it is okay to pick on minority citizens. She voted to place it on the ballot. So we reap what we sow.
Rachel H October 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
We had vote yes signs and a couple Republican signs laying along the road by my house. Makes me wonder if all of this is not politically motivated.
Chris Soukup October 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I've been spending some time handing out signs at the local Republican office. Vote Yes on Marriage signs last about 1-2 days before needing to be replaced. There don't understand how people on both sides can be so immature.
Kris Janisch October 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Yeah, I know it's not limited to one party or the other. Those who commit these crimes have to realize that they're not changing anyone's mind by stealing signs.
JStandal October 23, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I am afraid two of those signs might be mine. My Vote No and Obama sign were stolen from my yard last night. I live in Stonemill Farms, right off Settlers Ridge. I am very disheartened by this as I am surrounded by signs from the opposing party and have never once even considered destroying or stealing those signs. In addition, I spent money on those signs and the thought of incurring additional charges to replace them is maddening.
Kris Janisch October 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
J, Crista said she'd be willing to redistribute them. Shoot me an email and I'll pass it along to her. I'm at kris.janisch@patch.com
Richard Barnso October 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
J Standal, have you thought that maybe it wasn't your neighbors? Some people get a rise of creating chaos.... I know I do.
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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