7/9/2014 12:01:00 AM Letter: Fourth of July 'tarnished'
To the Editor:
My "Norman Rockwell" ideal of the Harbor Springs Fourth of July festivities was tarnished on Thursday when I discovered someone had stolen two of our folding chairs that we had set out to watch the parade. It was so ironic because while I was setting my chairs out the evening before, a couple of visitors to Harbor Springs stopped to me ask what I was doing and how this was different from other parades. I proceeded to talk to them for 10-15 minutes about how wonderful the whole Harbor Springs experience was: how that only in a special place like Harbor Springs could someone feel secure enough to set the chairs out the day before and then after the parade move them over to the waterside to come back and watch the fireworks later in the evening. I continued on to do quite a bit of Harbor Springs promoting talking up all the festivities and felt proud of our second home. So you can imagine my disappointment when I came back the next morning to watch my wife run in the Paul Revere race and saw that our very distinctive blue soccer ball chair and a common American Flag chair were missing.
My guess is that someone who would steal those chairs doesn't read the Harbor Light, but someone they know does. So to the acquaintances of those that stole our chairs, I hope you can guilt them a bit for bursting the bubble of the beautiful imagine of small town America on the Fourth of July.