5.02.2012

Decatur Mayor Responds to Bluebonnet Cemetery Massacre

Says not to talk about it on Facebook.

Recipient of letter, in turn, posts letter on Facebook.  Funny.


42 comments:

Ray W said...

I like how you block out his last name. but you dont block out where it says Dear Mr. Brandon. Lol!

Uppercase Matt said...

I'm curious as to whether it was you that redacted Craig's last name, but left the "Dear Mr. Brandon".

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you are marking out his last name on the letter at top leaving his first name, Craig. It says Mr. Brandon right under it, then you mark out his facebook name and the letter under it says Mr. Brandon

Anonymous said...

Mayors need to chill...like the kids say "it's just facebook". FB should not have even been mentioned. It looks as though he is making a threat...there have been lawsuits, for sure.

Anonymous said...

I think if there is 171 people who have a grievance they should show up at the meeting and express it.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe this many people have so little to do that this bluebonnet flap continues. The cemetery board was only reacting to many complaints from people about the the weed problem and lack of mowing. THis is a case of "damned if you do and damned if you don't." Surely all this energy aimed at a group of nice people who give their time to maintain the cemetery could be harnessed and used for better purposes. I know the board hears your complaints and will consider them, just as they did last year's complaints. But all this griping and condemning of the board will not bring the bluebonnets back. MOVE ON>

Anonymous said...

9:28 The Mayors not making a threat, he's just trying to keep the communication Civil. He probably doesn't fully understand the opportunity or use of FB, Twitter, etc. But at least he responded with a decent letter.

I personally got no dog in this fight. Just interesting to see the amount of effort and energy that is being spent on this issue.

My thought would be to get the bluebonnets back in the cemetery next year and move on. Pretty sure the people located below the bb's don't really care one way or another!

Seymore said...

Maybe the city should put up a memorial for the flowers lost. It might make us feel good.

Anonymous said...

I think the outgoing mayor makes a valid point. 171 people are not required to present a concern to any elected or appointed board. Mobs with "pitchforks or tar and feathers" don't prove effective in Wise County or elsewhere in Texas with strong good elected boards. 9:21, 9:23, 9:28(1)the readers of this blog will not know if the redacted last name and not the entire name was an honest oversight or intended. This blog is not normally noted for "civil discourse" but rather for sensational topics that stir strong and polarizing opinions.

Anonymous said...

Decatur is getting as kooky as Rhome.

Anonymous said...

This is clearly a call to action.
Step up or shut up!

Anonymous said...

Typical political response: "Everybody kissypoo, shake hands and make up"

Could be a new mayor on the horizon.

Anonymous said...

The board could have waited untill now to mow and there would not be a problem. A BEAUTIFUL THING WAS CHOPPED TO DEATH OUT THERE AND I WILL BET MY HOUSE THAT THE BOARD never had 171 people call that said mow.

Goober said...

Is the Decatur Mayor any relation to the Duke Law school student who posted a Con. Law take home exam question on an open forum and thought no one would be the wiser?

Anonymous said...

Vote CPA Michelle Pitman for the Rhome city council. She will clean up the mess of the current council.

Anonymous said...

"Everything's better with Bluebonnet
on it".

Anonymous said...

Mayor Wilson would have never let that happen under his watch!

Anonymous said...

Save the bluebonnets and free the weed. Now there's two causes we could all rally behind I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

FACEBOOK SUCKS!!!!!!!! Losers with no life.

Anonymous said...

LOL at 11:53.

Anonymous said...

11:39 A BEAUTIFUL THING WAS CHOPPED TO DEATH OUT THERE AND I WILL BET MY HOUSE THAT THE BOARD never had 171 people call that said mow.

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I'm guessing we just found one of the people spending time underneath those bluebonnets. That's hysterical!

Anonymous said...

Great Response! Kuddos to the Mayor!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Bum Steer awards....the Bluebonnet Slaughter of Wise County should be a prime candidate.

Anonymous said...

Really Wise County?!? Glad I'm not there anymore.... Isn't the cemetery board ran by volunteers? They responded to complaints then more when they made a choice. I wonder how many of the complainers spend a great deal of time volunteering. Be a bit more compassionate people!! Both sides. Do more. Complain less. It's what my momma taught me.

DF Mark Zuckerberg said...

Dear Mayor Lambert:

I will bury you.

Anonymous said...

11:56 & 11:57 - Truer words were never spoken.

Anonymous said...

Well, soon the old fellers will be leaving us. I worry about the up and coming hot heads of the world, unless, true to form, they learn how to get along in the business world.

Anonymous said...

12:47
If you don't live here anymore,and your glad your not here anymore,then why in tarnation would you want to, even make a comment about this crummy,low life place ?

Anonymous said...

Not a barry professional letter from a mayor.

Anonymous said...

Barry, Mayor Lambert did not say NOT to Twitter or FaceBook; he suggested it was not appropriate. I agree with him. No threats were made. Maybe you and some of readers are not so smart after all.

Candance said...

I've been spending a lot of time lost in Decatur the past few months and while I've never seen the graveyard nor am I familiar with the mayor's work, I've noticed y'all sure do have a lot of churches.

Anonymous said...

My daughter resides in Oaklawn. She's cool with the mowing job. Seriously folks, who really cares? If you want to worry about something out at the cemetery, worry about the fact that there are not enough trash cans to accommodate all the beer and liquor bottles scattered all over because this seems to be one of the most popular places to go an get a buzz on. So there.

Anonymous said...

People,

Get a grip. They are flowers/weeds. I loved them also at the cemetery, but get over it.

I thought the mayor responded in a very classy manner. He kept his cool while being bombarded by hysterical people who don't bother to volunteer their time to this board.

Who is Craig Brandon? Does he live here?

Anonymous said...

Didn't Rhome get a bum steer award or an honorable mention in Texas Monthly for their city council agenda a few years back? Surely the cemetery will beat that.

Anonymous said...

Come on folks.......Lambert is an insurance man -(main business)........who likes the limelight of being mayor.....get all dressed up in suit, officiate over boring business meetings (that others take care of).......typical political job.......

So who really cares?

Decatur mafia. Know who they are?

Anonymous said...

Ok folks.....we are within two weeks of the election.....the blog is open to make stuff up.....present real facts......talk about that other poster (who you most likely set next to in church)........election time in Wise County! time for a change....scollo broad chgane!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to his honor the Mayor, you have done a great job. We wish you all good things as you leave office.Enjoy your retirement.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lambert is a dignified man who was elected mayor for good reason - people like his dignity. Craig Brandon is also a very dignified man and a native Decaturite, where Mr. Lambert is not. Both men deserve appreciation!
One proposal is this: why doesn't the maintenance crew have a list of the lots that DO NOT WANT to have the bluebonnets mowed and respect that list? From what I understand, families who tend to their loved ones' graves can put out flowers, benches, and other ornamental decorations upon the graves. Some even plant rose bushes, shrubs or crepe myrtles,just to name a few other plants out there. Those are "allowed" to live and thrive. Even though I am not a fan, several plots have "ornamentation" that truly hinders a lawn mower or weed eater's ability to keep the lot weed free. Those are also "allowed" to remain on the lots of those plot owners.
That being said, those plot owners who had the bluebonnets mowed down on their lots have been the victims of discrimination, pure and simple.
To the cemetery board: Unless you demand that all plots be cleared of flowers (plastic or not), ornamentation, and other plantings, you should not demand that those plots, that grow bluebonnets upon them, have those plants mowed down. If the maintenance crew mows them from roadsides, fine. But don't dictate which plants should be removed/destroyed from family plots unless you dictate that ALL plots shall remain plantless, flowerless, ornamentalless, etc.
The fact that 171 people signed a petition is honorable. These people did not show up on a picket line, nor do they want to show up at a board meeting to incite a commotion. They simply want to send the board a message that says they are not happy with a decision that the cemetery board made. If that is not CIVIL, then I don't know what is. Because of the quiet and respectful way these people have chosen to approach the cemetery board, I would certainly hope that board will respectfully consider these people's request. Do they really want several folks to show up at the meeting, with media, to make a spectacle of the issue? I applaud these folks who are choosing a respectful, quite, petition approach. Hopefully others will too.

Anonymous said...

Candance, lots of churches, because there are lots of sinners here. Sinners are welcome, as long as they have the money to tithe, and not no really bad sins like gay or something. Just regular run of the mill sins that are not disturbing. The really bad sinners in the area have to go to the Copeland Compound.

Anonymous said...

Ok they are bluebonents! Yes they are beautiful flowers. However if you dont mow them then that also means you dont mow the grass and weeds around them. They are gone now there is nothing the board can do to bring them back next year. Instead of complaining about why dont a few of you come up with some reasonable options for them to consider next year.

Remember when you complain these people volunteer. If you think you can do a better job then maybe you should volunteer your time/money. Also if no one makes these hard decisions (because you cant please everyone) then imagine the disrepair the cemetery would be in.

Anonymous said...

11:24 AM said:
"Could be a new mayor on the horizon."

Uh, yeah. That's what the letter said. He's retiring this month.

Anonymous said...

I sent a very well written, kind, and professional letter to Mr. Lambert. For the most part what I got was kind but the remarks about Facebook were uncalled for. The bluebonnets may not have meant anything to any of you, but to at least 171 who signed the online petition, and possibly as many as 1300 who are members of the FB page, they meant a lot. Many if not most of those flowers were planted by the owners of the lots, and it has taken over 30 years to get them to the way they were. It's not about the flower or the plant, but more about a disregard of the personal wishes of the owners. Many offered assistance, posted signs as requested by the board, and even donated money to help with the upkeep. The board even claimed they sent out letters, yet nobody I have talked to ever got one. But they did get letters asking for donations. Yes, they are volunteers. That doesn't make it right. And yes, I would serve on the board if asked. ~Craig