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A disgraceful act

SARANAC LAKE In any election year, emotions are expected to run high. Unfortunately, some people fail to find the appropriate means to channel those emotions. When volunteer Georgia Murphy left the Republican Headquarters on Main Street in Saranac Lake the night of Oct. 17, everything was in order. When she returned at 10 a.m. the next day, she discovered that a vandal had thrown a rock through the buildings front window. Murphy phoned the police department, and officer John Gay responded. The rock left a hole about seven inches in diameter in the 1/4 inch glass. Shards of glass where strewn across the carpeted floor as far as 30 feet from the scene of the crime. According to Murphy, Gail Meyer who owns the property has a $500 deductible on her insurance and it is likely that the entire glass panel will have to be replaced. Officer Gay took pictures of the damage and collected the rock as evidence. Joyce Morency, St. Armand town supervisor, said that she is outraged by the damage. Im very disappointed that someone would destroy another persons property and have no concern for the cost to the property owner, Morency said. In the past several weeks, a number of incidents have been reported pertaining to the theft or the defacing of campaign signs signs representing candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties. Additionally, vandals tore up and tipped over flowers planted around the village by Scotts Florist, though that incident did not appear to be politically-charged. Morency noted that people from both sides should be able to campaign responsibly. Each party should be able to have their headquarters down the street from each other without worrying about vicious attacks, she added. I do hope the vandals get caught. I hope they (the police) will be successful in solving this incident.

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