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Cemetery article was upsetting and disappointing


Dear Editor,

I can not express to you how upset I am about the mission you chose to post on the front page of the September 26 issue of the Tri-City Times.

I have no issue with expressing the need to watch after our past! I am the president of the Dryden Historical Society, but I am speaking for myself.

Bruce Boyd should have your recognition. Praise to Bruce.

But you are ignorant in the concept of neglect. And missions.

The flag, illustrated on page 6-A of the issue, pointed to by Boyd, was planted by either me, Bonnie (Rumley) or Tina Papineau for Memorial Day this spring. Paid for by the considerable respect and acknowledgment of the township for our veterans beginning with the Civil War.

Not to mention the Boy Scouts, and the hiring of jail crews that pieced together broken gravestones, setting them upright, etc, mowing and policing the site. Several township trustees make it their mission, not calling attention to themselves but making sure this is done. Out of the township budget it should not be allocated to do these things, but is.

Not legally called for. These five cemeteries in Dryden Township belong to no one. Some semblance of care is garnered by the loving care we display for them. Maybe not to the level of a 'Forest Lawn' but recognized.

There is more you will discover about this issue, I am sure..

I trusted you and Tom!

Disappointed!

Larry Rumley, Dryden
October 03, 2007

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