I happened to pick up a copy of the BedfordNow Vol 13, No 10, Saturday, April 6 2013 edition. Included in that copy was an article entitled "Clearing up misconceptions about township cemetery" You might remember that Mr. Fancis had previously written a letter to the editor on his version of the facts and background on the cemetery. The version published in the April 6, 2013 news stand edition was an abbreviated version as noted by BedfordNow.
Mr. Francis' begins the articles by stating "After reading all the negative and misleading letters to the editor regarding the township cemetery fund deficit, I feel I must respond to set the record straight."
Although both articles can be found at the following link, the article published and distributed at new stands omits some significant information.http://www.bedfordyes.com/BedfordTownshipAgendaMinutesVideo.htm#agendaminutesvideo
I guess everyone will have to judge for themselves whether this was a deliberate attempt to paint a more palatable or favorable picture of the work of the board in evaluating the need for a cemetery or whether it is something else. 1.
In the April 6 article abbreviated new stand version, the section of the following quote that is in bold has been omitted: “Vital statistics indicate that on average we lose about one hundred Bedford township residents by death each year. One could make a fair argument that most of them would want their final resting place to be in Bedford Township
The reference to what was suggested to be a "fair argument projection" goes directly to the fact that very little work and study was done to actually evaluate the demand for plots in the Township. Assuming that 100 percent of the deaths in the township should be used as a basis for an economic plan for payment of the cemetery is hardly a "fair argument". None the less, the previous board felt that it was adequate for spending nearly $670,000 of our tax dollars. 2.
In the March 27, 2013 letter to the editor, Mr. Francis specifically names the members of the Cemetery Committee including: "Bob Schockman, Bill Urbahski, Jack Zieler, Jim Neorr, Barry Buschmann". In the April 6, 2013 news stand rendition, it is simply noted that "A committee formed to develop the new cemetery". No one is named.
Now, it is noted that "Mannik & Smith Group was hired for engineering and design work". Very interesting that a member of the Cemetery Committee that recommended that the cemetery go forward is also a member of the engineering firm that was awarded the contract for the engineering.
After reading the abbreviated news stand version of Mr. Francis' article, it would appear that some records are set a little less straight than others.