Re: “Vandals limit access to city cemetery,” The Terrace Standard, May 23, 2012.
I completely disagree with this. It is ridiculous.
While I understand that damage has been done to some of the graves and think that it is wrong on so many levels I still have to agree with Alene Ridler. Locking the gate is not going to prevent sick individuals from vandalizing the plots.
Something else needs to be done instead. More security or something along those lines.
I also feel, it is unfair to restrict access in any way – to anyone, including those who are elderly or disabled, from seeing their loved ones graves at any time they choose!
As for the adding of headstone ornaments and whatnot, I understand there are guidelines and only so much room, but perhaps the guidelines need to be revisited, adjusted a little especially if it helps people heal and move on as mentioned in the article I read.
As for removing ornaments on top of graves to “make it easier to mow” wow. You would think if things had to be moved they would be put back exactly as they were found.
All things in this article should be taken seriously, delicately, and exactly how we would want them to be dealt with if we had children or loved ones in the cemetery that we visit.