To the Editor:
After reading the front page story Aug. 22, I would like for readers in Pleasant Hill to know a few things that are misleading about what ODOT District 7 has recommended about our monument.
The monument honors our fallen soldiers from the Civil War. He has been protecting the intersection of State Route 718 and State Route 48 since 1895. Neither does the monument have to move like the council and mayor have been lead to believe or are leading our community to believe. Drivers, however, need to be more responsible when they come through this town.
When ODOT does a traffic study and makes recommendations, they are merely that, recommendations. The public and our officials need to understand that moving the monument is not necessary, nor required, by the ODOT. The town tried it once before and as I understand it, the base that was poured in the cemetery crumbled. Can you imagine the monument falling because of shoddy workmanship because someone just wants it moved? What a travesty that would have been. It doesn’t belong placed out of the way to begin with. All who come through should see how we’ve honored our fallen heroes, instead of tossing the monument aside like some are doing to our veterans elsewhere in our nation today and treating our history like it doesn’t matter any more. They should be honored and respected and those honors should be easily visible. It is also the only historical thing left in Pleasant Hill. The rest of our history is gone. Even the school is new.
The People of the community should have a say, especially those who have lived in it most, if not all, of their lives, and the minutes of the last meeting of July 14 don’t seem to reflect that, just emergency measures to scramble and move it along with our street project. The minutes of August aren’t up yet on the Village of Pleasant Hill’s website. I’d like to know how the peoples’ voices were reflected at that meeting. I couldn’t make it that night. But I did see a veteran voice his opinion that night, passionately so on the news.
— Linda Landis