Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Ok, that's going overboard

I have openly said I think the Sheehan protest is a circus, but make no mistake, it is legal. She is cooperating with local law enforcement and the secret service. She has a right to protest, and I may not agree with her issues, but I have to respect that right.

That said I understand why neighbors are frustrated, and hearing that one guy fire a gun in the air wasn't much of a surprise. Traffic is likely bad, with crowds and noise....so a little irritated is understandable.

But this to me is going overboard.


Complaint Filed After Driver Crushes Crosses At Anti-War Protest Site
Makeshift Memorial Run Down By Pickup Truck Driver

Larry Northern, 59, of McLennan County, was charged Tuesday with Criminal Mischief Over $1,500 and under $20,000 after a pickup truck tore through a row of white crosses erected by anti-war protesters gathered near the PresidentÂ?s ranch in Crawford.

Bail was set at $3,000.

The crosses bear the names of U.S. military personnel who have died in the war in Iraq.

Witnesses said the driver swerved the truck in and out of the makeshift memorial Monday night.

The protesters who are camped out in Crawford expressed outrage at the vandalism.

Cindy Sheehan, the California woman around whom the protesters have rallied since Aug. 6, is the focal point of national controversy.

She is demanding a meeting with the President about the death of her son Casey, a 1st Cavalry Division soldier who was killed last year in Iraq.

"Our hearts are broken about this," Sheehan said in a prepared statement about the destruction of the crosses released Tuesday afternoon.

"We continue to work closely with local law enforcement offices and the secret service to be good neighbors," she said.

You want to disagree? Go hold up a sign. Go talk to her. Write a letter. But taking a truck and mowing over crosses, even if you think they are just a cheesy display, is too much in my opinion.