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Homeowner: Graffiti article was a hit piece

Dear Editor:

Regarding Rick Carroll’s story “‘Kill Obama’ sign at homesite short-lived” in Wednesday’s Aspen Times, the graffiti stayed up much longer than I wanted.

I first saw the most recent vandalism when I arrived at the house around 10 a.m. Not having a phone, I immediately borrowed my neighbor’s and called the police. I was instructed not to paint over anything until they arrived. During the ensuing six-hour wait, I called the police twice more, expressed my desire to cover the message before the local schoolchildren returned home and was told not to touch anything until they arrived.

I waited and waited. The police finally arrived, accompanied by a Secret Service agent, around 4 p.m. They took a picture of the graffiti, and I immediately painted over it.

While I was surprised to see a Secret Service agent accompanying the police, it was only the agent’s forceful attempts to have me sign a lengthy document that I had not read that arguably shook me.

As you are well aware, I have always stood behind my actions, right or wrong. I had nothing to do with this message. This is not the first time my house has been vandalized; someone defaced both the “End War” and “Endless wars” paintings last weekend with black spray paint on my front porch; hence the surveillance camera above the front door.

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I would have responded to your emails had I had access to a computer while waiting all day for the police.

Let me state that I abhor violence and war. As an Eagle Scout, the suggestion of violence in this graffiti is shameful; neither I nor anyone I know did this. However, it is also a shameful, cowardly act to deface anyone’s private property in the dark of night.

I believe in community. I believe in social justice, freedom and peace. We must love our neighbor and agree to disagree but still break bread together.

Nice hit piece. You do your profession and employer proud.

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen