Letter to the Editor

Be more careful next time

Sunday, June 2, 2013

To the Editor:

Grant's tomb and the Great Pyramid of Giza are now cockeyed on their bases!

It seems in this day and age of power movers, people cannot but grass around a rock without hitting them.

However, when you are cutting around memorial markers in the cemetery, you are not cutting around landscaping pavers or some concrete lawn statue.

You are caring for a family's cherished memories and that rates a bit of caution.

There are times when things will happen because you weren't paying close enough attention, and when that happens, a professional takes responsibility and makes things right.

The unprofessional makes excuses and tries to blame other parties, but the truth is always apparent to anyone who bothers to look for it.

This Memorial Day, my wife noted that her late husband's headstone had been moved on its base.

After having a Clay County Deputy Sheriff make a report, the lawn care service was contacted.

The owner says that it was probably hit by a car because it is close to the driveway.

He said that there were tire marks on the stone, yet apparently, he is the only person who can see them.

He also stated that he, personally, did the trimming around the markers with a string trimmer.

If so, I wonder how he has failed to note 13 other headstones that have obviously been knocked askew on their bases in this section of the cemetery.

If you have loved ones interred in the Calcutta Cemetery, north of Van Buren Elementary School, you may wish to check their markers.

I noted that markers in the east section with the names O'Dell, Altemiller, Shaffer, Miller, Tink, Ryther, Fielding, Sadler, Knox, Harney, Christian and Soots, had obviously been moved on their bases.

Have a little pride in your work and a little caution: You are not mowing a hay field in a cemetery.

Leo L. Southworth,