Reward may help combat vandalism
First State Bank and Trust has stepped up and established a reward fund leading to apprehension and prosecution of individuals responsible for vandalism in Tonganoxie.
This local bank and other businesses that are sure to follow their lead are to be commended. True to form, bank officials decided that they could help try to turn the corner on the recent destructive acts of vandalism that have plagued Tonganoxie in recent months. Mutual Savings Association and The Mirror newspaper have agreed to add money to the fund, as well.
Vandalism is nothing new to this city. And that has given many of us an unfortunate mindset. One local resident commented that the first thing he thought when Richard and Nancy Smith planted trees in the 500 block of East Fourth Street: Those won't be there long.
Why would we think that? Is vandalism so prevalent in Tonganoxie that it's now accepted? Do we think destruction of other people's property is just a way of life in Tonganoxie?
This city has many, many positive things going for it. One only has to look at the Fourth Street project, the new city park, the extensive work at the high school athletic complex and the upgrades that business owners are making. We, as a city, have much to take pride in and we should celebrate our accomplishments.
But continued vandalism of local businesses and public property is a black eye for Tonganoxie.
If you have information about any illegal activity, call the Tonganoxie Police Department. Exercise your civic responsibility and help.