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Letters: Caught on camera

A fair warning to the perpetrators that trespassed and stole the "NoBama" and "McCain/Palin" signs from my home at 12:22 a.m. on Oct. 17. It appears as though you helped yourself to the entire East River Drive neighborhood's conservative campaign...

A fair warning to the perpetrators that trespassed and stole the "NoBama" and "McCain/Palin" signs from my home at 12:22 a.m. on Oct. 17. It appears as though you helped yourself to the entire East River Drive neighborhood's conservative campaign signs.

Please understand, the "NoBama" sign in particular was receiving a few laughs and some inquiry. On a hunch I moved my infrared motion detector wildlife camera from my back yard to the front. Twelve days later this "local adult resident" is caught red handed stealing both signs. The time, date, outside temperature and even the moon phase is displayed on the image. This "happy thief" is even smiling. I can care less about the signs. I do however take serious issue with the fact you took it upon yourself to trespass onto my property and take something that did not belong to you. Both the trespassing and theft are misdemeanors and each is punishable by 90 days in jail and a $700 fine. I have absolutely zero intention on involving the authorities. However, staying in spirit with this election I promise you that your photo will be displayed on my Web site by 1 p.m. on Nov. 4 declaring your victory as the "NoBama Bandit!" Now that's honorable obituary material! I will however, allow you to remain in anonymity under the following conditions:

1. A written explanation as to how you feel stealing campaign signs can benefit one's political agenda. I have friends and peers that support each of our candidates and have yet to hear one positive comment when reflecting on your accomplishments. With your greatest effort convince us otherwise.

2. Do you believe that you can become a productive member of society? If so, how will you contribute in a legal fashion during our next election cycle?

3. Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Jim Oberstar are visiting Park Rapids today and Saturday. Both of these public servants have long track records. What major issue is it that both of these politicians agree on?

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Finding the answer to this will only take a fraction of the time and energy you spent on your thieving tangent. I promise! It also confirms that bi-partisan efforts can truly make a difference. This also spills over to the voters. Free speech whether on the left or right can encourage all of us to jump in and get excited about the election process. Sadly, your efforts have fallen short.

4. Last, but certainly not least go stand in front of your mirror and repeat five times loudly, "I'm not a loser you are."

You can respond in writing to the editor or feel free to visit me in person. If you fail to meet the Election Day deadline your mug shot and this letter will be posted at: www.JackBrann.com/home/camera .

The camera doesn't lie. Don't forget to vote!

Jack Brann

Park Rapids

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