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Let’s show some unity

by Don Bennett
| May 8, 2024 2:00 AM

I am writing to express deep concern and disappointment following the recent vandalism at the community building currently being remodeled to serve as a Boys and Girls Club and a new daycare center in Columbia Falls.  

This senseless act not only caused approximately $20,000 in damages but also targeted a vital resource meant to uplift the youth of our community.

The facility, which has been undergoing renovations, is set to offer a nurturing environment for after-school activities, athletic development, and affordable daycare solutions.  Its aim is to help shape our young citizens into respectful and successful individuals.  The vandalism included broken windows and doors, discharged fire extinguishers, destroyed security cameras, and stolen food items.  This is not merely an attack on property but a blatant disregard for the well-being and future of our children.

This incident reflects a stark deviation from the values we cherish in our community.  It is a call to action for all of us to unite and reaffirm our commitment to nurturing an environment where every member, especially our youth, can feel safe and valued.  The actions of a few must not deter the spirit of volunteerism and generosity that many have shown in bringing this project to life.

To those who perpetrated this act, it is a disgrace to see such disrespect and harmful behavior towards community efforts that aim to support and guide our youth.  It is a path that leads nowhere but to personal and communal regret.  However, it is not too late to choose a different path, one that leads to redemption and constructive contribution to society.

In light of these events, I urge every resident to come together, not just in condemnation of this act, but in proactive steps to safeguard and support our community’s assets.  We must increase our vigilance and cooperation with local authorities to ensure that such incidents are prevented in the future.

Let us use this unfortunate event as a catalyst for stronger community ties and a renewed dedication to mutual respect and care.  Together, we can overcome the challenges posed by such destructive actions and continue to build a community that stands as a beacon of hope and resilience.

Don Bennett

Columbia Falls