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Cost of Cemetery Swan Care and Maintenance Should be Considered Before Replacing

Editor,

I am offering my sincere hope that Snow and Ambrosia will live healthy and happy lives wherever they are, however I would like to weigh in on the future of swans in our cemetary. In my opinion two of the main factors to consider are the welfare of the swans and the cost of their care and maintenance.

There is no doubt in my mind that swans, although domestic, would benefit from access to wide open waters that run fresh and have an abundance of natural vegetation and shelter. We have not been able to offer that in our cemetary to this point. Of course they can "survive" if properly cared for but there is surely a cost attached to their purchase as well as their ongoing care and feeding. I am confident that this time and money could be put to better use.


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Time For Cemetery Swans to Go

Dear Editor,

I have just read two letters to you regarding the swans at the Lakeview Cemetery.  I have to agree with these opinions as well.  Tell me what’s right about “keeping” swans at the cemetery as a source of entertainment and worse...decoration!

Mute swans need to feed in deeper water than ducks and feed on acquatic insect, plants, frogs and fish...I am not confident that there’s appropriate provision for them with regards to their natural needs.  They can live 30 to 40 years in captivity, but how can we guarantee appropriate care in the future if they indeed last this long?


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Is it Time to Reassess Swans at Cemetery?

Editor,

Is it time to reassess having swans at Lakeview Cemetery?

I know the argument. Folks love to come to Lakeview Cemetery, feed the swans while enjoying the peaceful surroundings. There is even a new gazebo strategically placed for that purpose.

Are we trading off the rights of the swans just for our own pleasure? Some think that watching the swans is educational and entertaining, and that may be so. Others may see it as a prison yard that includes winter confinement.


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