this letter to the editor. which totally cracked me up!
Dear editor, I was appalled upon reading the article covering the fundraising activity called “flocking” by the St. Apollinaris Youth Ministry, specifically, the unauthorized placing of plastic flamingos on private property (“Flamingos descend on Napa,” July 9).
At the very least, it involves trespass and vandalism; at worst in encourages extortion — all condoned by parents and clergy. Were these misguided kids to “flock” my property, not only would their supply of flamingos be diminished, but the police would be notified as well. I guess car washes, bake sales, book drives, etc., are just too old-fashioned, involve too much work, are not lucrative enough or are not as thrilling as church-sanctioned illicit behavior.
These activities are especially egregious because they are carried out by a religious group. This outrageous behavior runs counter to the law and Christian principles. Shame, shame, shame on those who sanction and lead these kids in such nefarious nocturnal activities.
(ht to scott miller)