The Return Of The Thrill Seeking Punks
It has has been a big few days for some thrill seeking thugs.
First, there was the extensive damage done to Caledonia Mount Pleasant Park last week. In addition to turning over portable toilets, throwing toilet paper all over the grounds and tearing down banners, vandals used a chain saw to cut down several mature trees. Estimates are that it will cost several thousand dollars to replace the trees alone.
Now comes reports that vandals entered the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial at the lakefront in Sheboygan and spray painted the circular monument with gang messages and signatures. The Memorial was built at a cost of $140,000 and dedicated in 2006. It tells the history of the Vietnam War and is dedicated to the thousands of Hmong and Lao soldiers who died fighting the communist North Vietnamese army.
In some respects, this vandalism is reminiscent of what happened at Holy Hill back in June of 2006. One of the losers responsible for that crime got 18 months in prison while the other got six months in the Washington County Jail. Obviously these sentences were not stiff enough to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
As with the reaction to the crimes committed at Holy Hill, people in both Sheboygan and Racine are outraged at these latest acts of senseless vandalism. Later today, we'll discuss what motivates punks to destroy things that give other people pleasure?