Sign stealing cheapens political process

sign stealing In the last 3 weeks before the election, I repeatedly watched campaign signs disappear from streets and neighborhoods. It was not random, but directed almost exclusively at one city council candidate.
    These candidate signs were stolen from my yard on two separate occasions. A teenager in my neighborhood found 40 pilfered signs discarded in a vacant lot and this candidate's campaign committee said many more had been taken.
    It is not my intent to accuse. This was not a prank, but a concerted effort to limit the visibility of the candidate's campaign.
    Our participation in local government should foster free exchange of ideas and open debate. When attempts are made to cheapen the political process through intimidation and pranks, we all lose. Whoever was responsible needs to know that we as a community disagree with these tactics.

George Cozzetto, Woodinville