>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Baker City Herald print edition

view all Baker City Herald print publications »

The Baker City Herald is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow Editorials arrow A crime without reason


A crime without reason

Rare is the crime which seems to lack any reason.

The reason might be specious.

It might be ridiculous.

But it can be understood, if not condoned.

We’re perplexed, though, as to what would motivate someone to first damage, and then steal, a cross marking the place where a 17-year-old girl was killed in a car crash.

In March, Kayla Petty of Baker City died in the accident along Highway 7 near Phillips Reservoir.

Kayla’s grandfather, Gary Wentworth, fashioned a cross from steel.

Her parents set the cross among the rocks between the highway and the Powder River.

During the spring and summer, Kayla’s friends and relatives added poems, flowers and other mementoes to the cross.

Then, in late August, Kayla’s parents learned that the cross was gone.

Her father, Dennis, found the cross in the brush beside the river. He replaced the cross.

Two weeks later, on the afternoon of Sept. 12, someone took the cross.

Two angels, one glass and one wooden, were broken.

Whoever is responsible, both for the vandalism and the theft, could hardly have been ignorant of the reason Kayla’s cross was erected.

Yet that person, or people, decided that a monument to a girl who died before she graduated from high school was unworthy of the slimmest shred of respect.

The shame of such an act can’t be calculated.

But the small measure of redemption that’s still possible can be.

If someone still has the cross, he or she can return it to Dennis and Tricia Petty’s home at 1425 Baker St.

If the cross has been disposed of, the cretin responsible could at least mail the couple a letter, and enclose $300 to cover the value of the steel.

Although a heartfelt apology, we suspect, would be worth a lot more than that to Kayla’s family.


blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2016 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use