Letters to the Editor 5-22-2020

On Forest Hill Cemetery

Dear Editor,  

I thought it was only me who was shocked, disappointed and frankly more than a bit miffed by what seemed to me a little mean-spirited of  Forest Hills Cemetery’s all-of-a-sudden squishing visiting hours to 2-4 pm daily.   What I surprise when I  went to celebrate my husband’s birthday something I do every year.   I found the explanation about the need for more  social distancing on this multi-acre property ridiculous and somewhat unbelieveable.  

Forest Hills is one of the most beautiful properties  in the Commonwealth.  It is beautifully manicured and just gorgeously punctuated with flowers, trees, streams and statues.  Most of all I love that it is  “alive”  with history and that this liveliness is bolstered by the many  people who visit whether to be closer to their loved ones or just to soak up the beauty.  Little kids learning to ride bikes, dog walkers and joggers.  It is more like a park.   At a time when there really isn’t a lot to lift people, closing off a place of beauty, peace and solace and comfort just feels wrong spirited.  I hope the good people who run Forest Hills  reconsider.

Joyce Ferriabough Bolling

Support your local animal shelter

Dear Editor,

During these unprecedented times, many are looking for ways that they can help those who are vulnerable or in need in our community. One way that you can support both people and animals is by supporting your local animal shelter. Many animal shelters across Massachusetts are providing essentials to help families and their pets stay together.

 Here in Jamaica Plain, the MSPCA has been supporting our community by providing pet food to families in need, by caring for animals whose guardians have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, and by providing other emergency services.

 You can help the MPSCA with this critical work by visiting mspca.org/wishlist to donate pet food that will be distributed to members of our community in need. I am so grateful that our animal shelters continue to be a valuable resource for both people and animals in our community, even during these difficult times.

Nicole Heerdt

The celebrations may look different. But the reason to pause is as important as ever

Dear Editor,

On Monday, May 25, postal employees will pause to celebrate Memorial Day. While we’ll be skipping the parades, beaches and cookouts this year, we will use the day to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.

As we edge toward a new normal, the Postal Service wants you to know that we can help you to exercise social distancing while staying connected with your friends, loved ones and business associates.

At usps.com you can buy stamps and have them delivered to your home. You can also order packing and shipping supplies and print postage and labels from your own computer, then schedule a carrier pickup and skip the trip to the Post Office. We make it easy to do all of your mailing and shipping business without leaving your living room. 

Regular retail and delivery operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Steve Doherty
Strategic Communications Specialist Northeast Area

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