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Letter: Don’t retaliate; keep cemetery in good shape

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Roger Wethington


To the editor:

I once again take the task of writing to the newspaper in hopes of venting my frustration in regards to the Hamner Cemetery in Amity.

Last fall I wrote your paper about the disrepair and neglect that the cemetery had fallen into. It seems to have ruffled some feathers for speaking the truth about the way the cemetery was cared for — or not cared for.

The object of writing the first letter was to call attention to a job poorly done. It worked. We have seen someone mowing there on a few occasions this summer. Thank you.

My family went to the cemetery on Memorial Day to find a new set of rules attached to the gate. This is nothing more than retaliation for shining a light on a bad situation. This is a prime example of the juvenile mentality that caused the problem in the first place.

If they want to punish someone for what was printed in the paper because they didn’t feel the need to live up to their obligations of taking care of the problems there in the first place, then they need look no further than the mirror. No shepherd’s hooks, no lights, no live flowers, no bushes and visiting hours. And no more taking care of the graves ourselves.

We would suggest the next time they vent their ugliness, they consider the issue first. We asked only that they do the job they have taken on the responsibility for doing. We didn’t need to feel backhanded for speaking the truth.

A little compassion would have went a long way. Just mow the grass and pick up the trash. Being a board member doesn’t give them any rights to punish those who speak the truth. Thank you.

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