Lowcountry Broil

National Cemetery should look its best
One of the most beautiful and hallowed grounds anywhere is right here in the City of Beaufort, The Beaufort National Cemetery. It is well maintained by the VA. The new section and recent re-pointing of the brick are wonderful additions. But PLEASE, the beautiful entrance is still marred by at least two old fiberglass portable 20 x 20’ canopies once used over new grave sites probably 20 years ago before a handsome permanent facility was constructed a few years ago.  Also visible are the heavy machinery used daily.  All of these (and once a tall stack of black plastic “vaults”) are very visible, towering over the handsome brick wall.  And all right up front for an unwelcome first impression greeting.  Cannot these items be relocated out of sight way to the rear of this wonderful place? Thank you, local director of this VA facility.

Are name changes really necessary?
Well, I see that there is going to be a squabble over the fact that the rail-trail will have to have a name. I have to agree with Tommy Logan on the fact that this railroad line has a very appropriate historical name, so why the fuss?
Brings to mind other namings that really did not need to take place. Most recently, it was decided that the University of South Carolina Beaufort needed naming.  Well, the fact of the matter is that they adopted the Pirates back in the 70’s, and I still have some memorabilia to attest to this.
And another that comes to mind was the official renaming of the Jericho boat landing several years ago to Marine Corps Landing. I love the Corps as much as anyone, but  Jericho is a very historical name and applies to that whole geographic area. My personal feelings are that these were unneeded, unwanted, personal agendas. Surely we could direct our efforts to more important issues.

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