Linda Schelin: Vandalism at South Park needs addressed
Where are the parents? Where are the responsible, respectable and reasonable adults?
My friend asks these questions, when he and others clean up the Monett South Park restrooms because someone has put pea gravel down the sink drains; because someone has thrown soap in the fountain; because someone has painted graffiti on the shelter walls; because someone has harmed the lake animals; because someone has broken the pool equipment; or because someone has not picked up their own trash.
Being an employee of the city has its good points because one can help keep the park looking beautiful and usable by mowing, picking up trash that the wind might have blown, trimming trees/bushes, sweeping the leaves from pavilions, planting flowers, caring for the soccer fields and the YMCA pool, and keeping our U.S. Flag flying correctly and in good repair.
But, trying to “erase” vandalism is distasteful, disheartening, and disgusting. We all must be responsible, respectable and reasonable adults who supervise our children and teach them to be responsible, respectful and reasonable in their behavior at home and away from home.
Let us all do what we can to keep our city, county, state and country as beautiful as God made it.