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Who's job is it to close cemetery gates?

August 14, 2003

Dear Editor:

It would seem that a gallon of ink has been spilled over this problem. But the matter of the gates at Spring Hill Cemetery being left unlocked at night remains an issue for some of us who are concerned about possible vandalism. Despite efforts on the part of Mayor Campbell, the Harrodsburg police chief does not see closing the gates as being the responsibility of the policemen. He is, therefore, unresponsive to Mayor Campbell's wishes.

City employees who work at Spring Hill Cemetery are of the strong opinion that closing the gates nightly is not one of their duties. So the question naturally begs to be asked, Whose job is it to close and lock the gates at Spring Hill? There was a time when this was not a question, nor was there any reason for concern over this matter. The gates were closed and locked without fail. Moreover, a sign was in plain view showing the exact hour, depending on whether it was summer or winter, when the gates would be closed. That policy worked to absolutely no one's disadvantage.

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Does the commissioner in charge of the cemetery have no conceivable solution in mind to this problem? In fact, does the commissioner even know the situation exists? It would seem to be debatable. To my knowledge, there's been not so much as a peep out of him on the subject.

Mayor Campbell is interested in seeing this problem solved. In fact, new locks were purchased for the gates and, at different times, three persons have taken responsibility for seeing that the gates were closed. Two of those persons quit. The last one was, for whatever reason, let go. What twisted logic prompted this? It surely is not the case, but it does seem as if there are those who are determined that the gates are going to remain open. This, of course, spares the policemen the very minor chore of opening the gates each morning.

It is not entirely irresponsible to conclude that we are living in such a sorry, unprincipled, and disrespectful age that most people do not care about the living - much less the dead. But that does not get the cemetery gates closed for those of us who want to see things done in accordance with what is right.

Charles Semones

Harrodsburg

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