Theft of a man’s livelihood


To the Editor:

I moved to the Island three years ago after frequently visiting for almost three decades. After living in New York for most of my life, one of the most impressive things I observed about the people here was their honesty and trustworthiness. Cars could be left with the keys in the ignition, doors could be left unlocked, handbags could be left unattended, and workmen could leave their tools at a job site and expect them to be there when they returned.

Apparently this last is no longer true. A friend of mine was doing some work on a house in Pin Oak Circle and left some equipment he’d need the next day. When he returned he discovered that two ladders and some other tools had been “borrowed.”

I realize that times are hard, but to steal a man’s livelihood, especially in this economic atmosphere, is unconscionable. As Vineyarders and as human beings, I would hope that we’re better than that. We can only imagine that someone borrowed this equipment: we really can’t believe that anyone would steal it, not here, not now. In the spirit of this time of year, especially, when we preach peace, charity, and brotherhood, one would hope that the person who took this equipment would return it to the site from which it was taken. Come in the dark of night, at which time you probably took the tools, and return them. No one will see you, except perhaps God, and you’ll feel much better for it.

Ted Jochsberger

West Tisbury