One thing that angers me as much as anything else is the act of vandalism.
I've been in towns where flower beds have been destroyed, replanted, and ripped up again. I've seen private property damaged, and public property ruined.
There's only one word to describe those who do such cowardly acts – punks.
Some psychologist-trained professional might say it's just the way poor, frustrated youth act out their troubles. It's a cry for attention, they might even say.
Not only do I disagree with this philosophy, but I think that's why we see so much vandalism today – because those who do it know that IF they're caught, they will find some benevolent court official who will take pity on their sad, misdirected lives. Today's society doesn't make those who commit such crimes pay for their actions. Responsibility no longer exists.
The two recent attacks at Walkerton's Walk of Honour by the cenotaph, where first one bench was damaged when pushed over, then, the next night, another was destroyed, rank up near the highest of senseless, cowardly acts I've seen or heard about in any small town.
It's not only an insult to the residents of Brockton and the many visitors who visit our beautiful park at the cenotaph, it's also an insult to the many volunteers who created the park, laying stone after stone in last summer's blistering heat.
But, more importantly, it's an outrage to those for whom the park was created – our local veterans.
It's been suggested that the municipality install security cameras at that corner to tape the actions of those who hang around that area on summer nights.
It's a sad commentary on modern society to think that we've reached the Big Brother stage of George Orwell's fears. But, perhaps it's even a sadder one to think that security cameras might be the only solution.
The WHT has joined with a few others to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved. It's important that we put a stop to this reckless behaviour.
As of press time Tuesday, the amount stands at $800. If this helps bring the culprits to justice, it will be money very well spent.
However, I think that when those responsible are caught and found guilty, part of their sentence should be having to work with seniors and in particular veterans.
Perhaps then they will learn the meaning of words such as sacrifice, dedication, responsibility and respect.