In East Mesa, a community near phoenix Arizona, there is a debate rising as to whether roadside memorials for victoms of traffic accidents should be allowed.
The problem is that the glass candle holders which are used in many of these memorials, are being smashed by vagrants, creating a messy and hazardous situation on pedestrian sidewalks.
The issue could probably be resolved by just using plastic candle holders, however beaurocracy has gotten in the way.
Basically the local policy is that police don’t mess with roadside memorials unless there is a complaint. However any complaint, even an anonymous one, has to be heeded by local authorities.
That means that a memorial can be taken down without any reason being given to the grieving party. What is worse, resolving the situation requires going through a thick and sludgelike beaurocracy.
It is unfortunate that the pain of some people is being exasperated so much by a simple misunderstanding.
This article inspired in part from the East Valley Tribune
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