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Updated: December 28, 2012 6:04AM



Taking dogs to cemetery
is disrespectful to dead

It’s bad enough that I lost my 25-year-old innocent son to a drunk-drugged driver and watched him die in my arms when I disconnected his life support on Thanksgiving Day.

I visit him at Maplewood Cemetery in Crown Point every Sunday. When I visited him recently, there were four people walking their dogs; one lady let her yellow Labrador run loose in the cemetery. This was not the first time this has happened; it was just enough to upset me to the point of voicing my opinion.

I have watched people walking their dogs in the cemetery since I buried my son last November. These dogs run all over people’s graves and hike their legs on headstones and grave markers. It is so disrespectful! Take your dog to the park.

Don’t get me wrong; I have no problem with dogs, as I have four of my own. But I do not take them to the cemetery for walks or to visit my son, who also loved dogs.

Shame on all of you; how can you sleep at night, knowing your dog walked all over and did his business on someone who has passed away?

Would you let your dog do this to your loved one, mother, father, sister, brother, child, husband, wife, etc.?

Please go to the park.

Thank you, Ryan’s mom.

Marie Buckingham

Crown Point

Now that election is over, it’s time to put America first

The election is over, but the fight has just begun. It’s not surprising that those who voted for Mitt Romney were shocked when President Barack Obama not only won, but won big.

Why was the far-right shocked?

Because its only source of information had been Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

Obama’s success is, indeed, a mandate for truth. The cavalier skewering of facts and figures by the Romney campaign became so obvious that everything said on that side became suspect.

The electorate rejected the deception and obfuscation and, ultimately, allowed truth to rule the day.

Elections have consequences.

The blatant voter suppression by Republican-led legislatures in swing states motivated affected citizens to endure the duress in order to exercise their rights to vote and for their voices to be heard. And the voice of the hoi polloi was not a whisper, but a roar across this country.

Everyone counts — regardless of race, color, religion or financial status. Democracy is alive and well.

But Obama must accept the fact that the other side of the aisle does not like him, does not want him and will do everything possible to defeat him.

Those congressmen determined to oppose any effort by Obama to create jobs and reduce our deficit in a fair, sustainable way must change their ways. It’s time to put country first — our country.

Joe E. Gutierrez

East Chicago;

Jeff Manes

Lowell



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