September 18, 2013 - I was going to write my column about all the wall-to-wall nonsense and gibberish I heard at last week's four-hour Oxford Village Council meeting.
It was a truly embarrassing exercise in local government that practically begged to be mercilessly savaged.
But the next day, a friend called and said something that made me reconsider.
His pearl of wisdom was, "You can't argue with stupid." He's right. Why bother?
Nothing will change until that council is swept clean in next year's election.
So, on to other topics . . .
Nothing upsets me more than when tax dollars are wasted.
It's bad enough when government officials do it through the usual arrogance, irresponsibility and corruption.
It really bothers me when people do it through pointless acts of vandalism such as what occurred at Oakwood Lake Township Park. Read the story on Page 2.
Some moronic scumbag or scumbags – and that's exactly what you are – took the time to deliberately destroy all 16 trailhead signs throughout the park, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.
This is just the latest in a string of destructive acts at this location and other township parks.
On Friday, Sept. 13, vandals caused between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage to Seymour Lake Township Park.
These aren't harmless, youthful pranks; they're serious crimes and they need to stop now.
The wanton destruction of public property should bother all of us because it's our hard-earned money being wasted by thoughtless fools who are either too lazy or too stupid to channel their energy into productive pursuits, so they express themselves like mindless beasts on a rampage through the wild.
Sorry if I'm lacking the proper amount of modern understanding and touchy-feely sensitivity here, but I take the concept of property very seriously.
Public property belongs to all of us and it deserves the same amount of respect that we afford private property. We all paid to buy it. We all pay to maintain it. We all pay to fix it. We'd be incensed if someone did this to our homes or our yards. We should be equally upset that someone is vandalizing our parks on such a massive scale.
Whoever is doing this isn't simply bored or misguided or in need of some structured activities at a community center. Whoever is doing this is selfish, rude and has absolutely no regard for the law or other people's property.
There's no sense making any public pleas for these vandals to stop their activities. They don't have consciences. They don't care about anything except indulging their impulses and expressing themselves in the only way their limited mental capacities can conceive.
I sincerely hope we catch whoever is destroying our parks and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law – no coddling, no counseling, no consideration.
They need to be punished swiftly and severely.
An example needs to be made.
I wish we were still allowed to place criminals in stocks in the town square so they could be taunted, tormented and humiliated by the public. Forget fines, probation and community service, let's get back to basics.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.