As a former "young punk" or youth of bad intentions, I firsthand experienced and participated in crimes against society and personal property, like vandalism and destruction.
But, I along with my young accomplices were caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent in juvenile court (Seaside, Ore., 1979.)
And I will never forget the pain and disappointment my mother experienced and wore as a result of our actions.
I don't consider myself a religious person, but the "puritan guilt" we are are instilled with (I should hope) to do the right thing, our moral ethics put to the test on a daily basis, sets us apart from the animals.
In regards to the recent outbreak of idiocy and blatant disregard for public-use areas where good people visit for enjoyment, I felt compelled to write this letter.
To those individuals who caused this damage, turn yourself(s) in.
It is better to accept your wrongdoing and show others behavior like this won't be tolerated. The guilt of crimes will haunt you if you have any morals, if indeed you're human.
If it doesn't, then savages like yourself should be held accountable for other generations of "animals."
I, along with my fishing buddies, like to travel the Swanson River Road area for canoe trips and fishing (ice fishing, as well), just like many peninsulaites who go to out-of-the-way places to get away from it all.
If you don't like and can't enjoy it, grow up or go away.
J.P. "Shaggy" Stoller, Soldotna
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