Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Respect in cemetery
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I have been walking a dog in the Salt Lake City Cemetery for more than 20 years without incident. Recently, a man in a new Volvo verbally abused me for being disrespectful by having a dog in the cemetery (it turns out that there is a "No dogs allowed" sign).

I admit to having my dog off-leash, but when did it become illegal to walk a leashed dog on a city street? And this is a public cemetery, supported by taxpayers' dollars. I even own a plot in the cemetery.

But let's consider the issue of disrespect. I clean up after my dog. I enjoy the cemetery's quiet and visiting the graves. I read headstone inscriptions and grieve at those of the young, reflecting on history.

Disrespect is church groups trampling the graves, people using the cemetery as a short cut home, mourners idling their polluting cars, visitors playing loud music or talking on cellphones.

If animal defecation and urination are the issue, someone should capture the feral cats, deer, foxes, rats and raccoons that live there.

Laurie Holland

Salt Lake City

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.