After reading the recent article concerning the ‘clutter’ at the local cemeteries, I was left with one question. Just who do Mr. Satterwhite and the City Council think they are? I know Mr. Satterwhite is our city’s cemetery supervisor, but no one has the right to tell me how to decorate a loved one’s grave that either myself or my family has paid for, as long as those decorations don’t infringe upon the rights of other grave sites.
To decorate a loved one’s grave is many people’s only link to that person and their memory. I agree there are times that the cemetery gets messy, especially after inclement weather, but if you are that worried about the appearance of the cemetery, get some of our incarcerated trustees to come out and clean it, Lord knows they’re not busy doing anything else.
Concerning the ‘landscaping’ give me a break. It’s not exactly like the city makes this a priority anyway. I have lost count at the times I have taken my weed eater to Shadowlawn Cemetery and cut the grass on my family member’s graves. And when is the last time anyone emptied any of the trash cans at the cemetery? They are always running over with debris which blows everywhere. And what if anything, has been done about the vandalism and thefts that occur regularly at the cemeteries?
As for the pauper graves, thanks for the information. It’s nice to know that I paid full price for my cemetery lots while others have been paying $5 for a pauper plot and the city hasn’t been requiring any qualifying documentation that the person actually is a pauper. See anything wrong with this picture? Maybe if Mr. Satterwhite and his constituents had spent more time initiating procedures to combat this fraud concerning pauper graves and the theft of current grave sites he wouldn’t have time to worry about a few silk flowers, figurines and toys that family members leave on graves. It’s getting bad when the city of LaGrange can’t even let someone rest in peace and allow their family to grieve without trying to dictate how it should be done.
So here is my suggestion. Since my family and I paid for lots and they belong to us, I will put anyting that I deem appropriate to honor my loved ones and Mr. Satterwhite, you can do something about keeping the grass cut and the trash cans emptied and stop blaming grieving families for the current conditions of our cemeteries.