Feedback: Stealing always makes a thief
July 3, 2008 · Updated 10:30 PM
A recently published lengthy letter to the editor criticizing a perceived Oak Harbor police over reaction toward a gentleman who admitted, in a front page article, to stealing city water valued at 14 cents, struck a long-dormant parental nerve.
I found the letter in question both absurd with the Kafka-esque remark and compelling enough to write this response. With a sense of what is old is new again, I ask the following two questions, which I asked a young child of ours many years ago.
1. Is thievery defined by the monetary value stolen or by the intent to steal?
2. Should anyone who has stolen property of another be treated differently than a common thief due to the monetary value of the item stolen?
I only regret that Im not directing these two questions toward children at this moment. I can only hope Im not a voice in the wilderness on this subject.
Thomas F. Strang