Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone does something so stupid, it turns the world on its head and pounds it into the pavement.
Yesterday, exactly one night after thousands of SUNY Brockport college students had turned out to find a cat that had been stolen by three Brockport college students; a few SUNY Brockport students destroyed a flower bed and trashed a back yard in the village.
The positive actions of thousands of SUNY Brockport students were negated instantly by the stupidity of a few idiots.
The question of the day is: What are you going to do about it?
My father was the most polite man in the world. He was a small non-violent man, but he also was an insurance investigator who worked the streets of Harlem, one of the worst slums in the country, so he was as tough as nails.
My father used to tell me, “When you drop the egg carton, don’t cry, make an omelet.”
So that’s what I did, when I got up yesterday morning and found that some SUNY Brockport college students had destroyed the beautiful bed of light blue geraniums in front of my house, and then trashed my back yard.
I picked up the mess, sorted the torn up flowers and put them in different size vases. I even put the mums that had been torn off, so there were no stems left, in bowl so they floated on the water.
I didn’t get mad at the morons who had done this; I couldn’t get mad at the college students who had just turned out by the thousands to find for my stolen cat. But I was disappointed.
I was disappointed for the cute little girl in the neighborhood, who told me two days ago how much she loves the blue geraniums in front of my house, and the blue shutters on my windows, because blue is her favorite color.
I was disappointed for the Sociology professor who lives two blocks away and comes to my house to cut the mums because she loves mums, and they won’t grow at her house.
I felt bad for the police officer who had to fill out all that paperwork because a few college students did something insane.
What made it worse for the police officer is that just as he was finishing his report on the damage to the flower bed in the front yard, I noticed that the college students had also gone into my back yard, where they threw torn up geraniums everywhere, and tossed two rolls of toilet paper across my backyard, at least 190 feet from the sidewalk.
It makes me realize why Florida and Texas have passed those Stand Your Ground Laws. People are fed up with being pushed around by punks and jerks who think they are entitled to do anything they want.
As the Howard Beale character (Peter Finch) said in the movie Network:
"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
If I lived in Florida or Texas, I could have shot and killed the college students in my back yard, for what they did. But, luckily, I live in New York where the laws are a bit saner.
For years, SUNY Brockport students have been vandalizing property in the village, but the Brockport government ignores the problem.
When I thought about the problem, I realized that in Brockport there is absolutely no leadership. The Mayor isn’t leading, the Board of Trustees aren’t leading, and the community groups, such as Pro-Brockport, aren’t leading.
They are too busy patting each other on the back because thy won the last election,
Everyone who lives in Brockport knows that the first week the students are back is always s bad week. It is as obvious as the nose on your face.
- The police officer who responded to the call yesterday about the vandalized flowers talked about it.
- A 25 year old woman who grew up in Brockport, talked about it in a text yesterday, when she wrote: “Beginning of the school year is always rough.”
- A man who lives in the village talked yesterday about how his metal American Flag ornament was stolen and then showed up on the front lawn of a college rental house.
- A woman who lives in the village said yesterday that she has learned not to put pumpkins out in the fall, because the students destroy them.
But for some reason, the people who hold leadership positions in Brockport don’t believe that anything can be done to solve the problem.
A year ago this week, college professor who lives on Adams Street had a decorative stone bench stolen from in front of his house.
Last month, the police found the stolen bench inside a college rental house across the street. You have to wonder if anyone has been arrested for either stealing the bench or possession of stolen property. Right now, it seems that the SUNY students who stole that decorative stone bench may have gotten away with a crime.
No wonder people in Florida and Texas want the right to protect their own property.
However, the newly elected Mayor of Brockport thinks that things are going so well in the village that she can be out of town this week.
The newly elected mayor is so clueless about the insanity that happens in the village during the first week the students are back, that she goes on vacation, instead of doing her job.
What kind of work ethic is that?
If you don’t believe me, please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a grammatically incorrect and typo-laden automated out-of-office reply that reads.
“I will be out of the office August 27 through Labor day.”
The grammatical and typographical errors are 100% the responsibility of a woman who has a PHD, but who doesn’t care enough to dot her “I’s” and cross her “T’s”.
That automated out-of-office reply message from Margay Blackman says just about everything you need to know about the new administration in Brockport.
People who voted for Blackman in the recent election are already asking, “Has anything changed?” and then immediately answering their own question by saying, “No. we just exchanged one level of incompetence for another level of incompetence.”
And that quote is from a college-educated couple who voted for Margay Blackman and Val Cicciotti in the last election.