"Thou Shall Not Steal " We all supposedly live by the Golden rule or the 10 Commandments. Either way, it is pretty well understood it is a crime to steal. Every two years we have the pleasure of exercising our freedom by voting for individuals to represent us in different political offices. This is an expensive endeavor for the candidates, advertising gaining name recognition. This of course is the main concern of the candidate. Traditionally, here in Walton County, regardless of political affiliation the means to communicate with the local constituents is through political road signs. Contrary to popular belief, these political signs are not free and are quite expensive. Anywhere from costing an average of three to five dollars per sign. It has never ceased to amaze me how self-proclaimed political activist, people who care for the community will go out and steal political signs placed on public right away, which are covered by Florida statute allowing politicians to place the signs. The same people who say that they are Christians and that they are trying to put the right person in office, when generally they are sending a very negative message to the public. On Monday this past week on my Industrial Park property on Highway 20, which I am allowing all Republicans to display their political sign I witnessed a black car pull up onto my property, not the runaway, and steal all of Miss Hutchison's signs. (She is running for school superintendent). It was later brought to my attention that all her signs were stolen off Highway 20 to include Hwy. 331. Yes, we do have a description of the car, the individual, and part of the tag. I have to make a decision at this point whether to turn it over to the sheriff's department because this is a felony offense. As Past Chairman of the Walton County Republican Party, I have been known to go out and straighten everyone political signs regardless of party affiliation. (I will be doing it again this year). This is the best economical way for a candidate to get his or her name recognition. In all fairness, I believe everyone should have equal rights. The irony is this person stealing the signs think they are helping someone win when the public hears of this they starts to wonder if the individual they are trying to help is not behind the stealing of the signs, I would like to believe NOT. So let us all live by the Golden rule or the 10 Commandments – “Thou Shall Not Steal”.