Thursday, August 23, 2012
Another one to college
It’s quieter around the house this week.
Close to Nowhere
Red rooster and purple puppies
Our friends, Marion and Sonny Pryor of Red Banks, have gifted us with another family member.
The Preacher’s Corner
‘A recognition of our common mortality’
This reflection began a couple of weeks ago as I was driving down a busy street in Memphis and saw a funeral procession coming from the other direction. I immediately pulled to the side and waited for the cars to pass. However, I was struck by the fact that on this busy street almost nobody else pulled over. There were police on motorcycles heading and tailing the motorcade, but people seemed to pay them no mind.
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Letter to The Editor
Who authorized the removal of benches at Hill Crest Cemetery?
On Aug. 15, I went to the grave of my late husband and found to my astonishment and total disbelief that a four-foot marble bench had vanished from the foot of his grave. I was unable to locate anyone at the office so I went to the mayor’s office where his assistant made a phone call and directed me back to the cemetery saying that the groundskeeper would explain it to me.
Back at the cemetery I asked who authorized the removal and was told that it was per the mayor, who had been thinking about it for quite some time and that his crew was tripping on them. To answer my question, “Where is my bench?,” I was told that it was upon the hill under an oak tree, and that I was the first one to come there “fussing.” Could it be that, like me, the others had no clue that their benches had been removed? Did you think we wouldn’t notice?
I located the oak tree and found my bench along with 10 others, each with a strip of duct tape and the owners’ name written on them, sort of like yesterday’s garbage. I fail to comprehend exactly why these benches are all of a sudden such a problem. There are many smaller pieces of statuary in the cemetery that a person could trip over much easier than a four-foot bench.
The manner in which this incident was handled disturbs me. Common courtesy would demand that those families be notified in advance.
If all else failed the very least you could have done would have been to place a notice in the newspaper stating your intentions. In my opinion, the above action demonstrates a lack of integrity, is unethical and smacks strongly of being downright sneaky.
To whomever made the decision, without informing the families, I will say this: You should be ashamed of yourself.
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