This is but one of many, many acts of vandalism that have been perpetrated on the rock wall beneath the star.
Alas, here is another one. From the date, we can surmise that #2 appeared Tuesday, March 17. To Julia, Chad, Lori, Andrea, Joey, Josh and Cliff: St. Patrick was not smiling on you that day.
Michael Clark, recreation superintendent for Roanoke Parks & Recreation, says it’s a battle the city is constantly fighting. But there’s really not much anybody can do.
“The best way to combat graffiti is to get it off as soon as you see it,” he says. The theory is, the vandals will soon realize it’s a losing battle to make the effort.
Dear Taylor Shaine, and Britty Cale, or Cole, or whatever: We’re glad you got to see the great view from the top of Mill Mountain. But we Mill Mountain regulars are displeased at the view you left for us in #3.
As you can see from #4, locals are not the source of all of the problem. Tarah White from Flushing, Mich., you should feel ashamed. If Flushing, Mich., pop. 8,100, had any landmarks, we good Roanokers would refrain.
Eric + Barbara: I hope do indeed love each other forever. But expressing it in public, as you did in #5 is inappropriate — as are a few other ways.
One of these days, we can hope, the Mill Mountain Star Cam will be a little bit snazzier, technology-wise. Perhaps the good folks in Parks & Recreation will be able to program it to spot defacers, and hook it up to a big fat siren that will assault the ears of anybody who starts scrawling on a rock.
Fortunately, I didn’t find any explicit obscenities among the graffiti at the star Wednesday. But then there was this, which you can see in #6:
The word expresses precisely what I think of those folks who use their pens on the wall at the star.
What do you think?