Crime is still crime

Published 10:20 am Friday, September 12, 2014

On any given day, the news stories printed in The Tribune can range from features on Eagle Scout hopefuls, drug traffickers, community celebrations and public meetings.

What interests one reader may not interest another. And that’s perfectly fine.

Earlier this week The Tribune published a story about an incident of vandalism at the Lawrence County One-Stop on Second Street in Ironton.

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Someone apparently dumped macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets by the front entrance and smeared cheese on the windows.

As a news organization, we received a bit of criticism for covering this story, some saying the incident wasn’t news worthy or important.

We couldn’t disagree more.

While there was no permanent damage done to the facility, ignoring that someone or a group of people vandalized a public building where county residents go for vital employment assistance and other services would only reinforce the idea that crime goes unnoticed in this county.

Crime, no matter how big or small, is still crime.

Ignoring incidents like these would be a disservice to the victims as well as the public as a whole. It would certainly be a victory for the criminals who perform these senseless acts.

In light of the situation, we should all use this as a reminder to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to the police.