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DON’T LET HERITAGE BE DESTROYED

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My husband and I are frequent visitors to your beautiful home state. Every summer we come to be inspired by the beauty of your mountains, canyons and rivers. We love exploring your cities and small towns and learning the incredible history of the dedicated and determined pioneers. We come from a part of the country where one's family history is forgotten and one's community heritage is ignored. We admire Utahns' strong sense of connection to the past.

Recently, while traveling through the southeastern part of Utah, I found myself spending a Saturday morning at the laundromat in Bluff.I noticed the frequent rumbling and pounding of huge trailer trucks speeding by. I noticed they were roaring down the road every few minutes. I turned to another woman in the laundromat, a resident, and asked if a new road was being built or what was going on with all those huge dump trucks. She sadly shook her head and explained about the nearby gravel pit and that these trucks would always be going through their town.

Then she told me that another pit was soon to be opened up - up on the hills right above the Pioneer Cemetery. I was shocked to learn that such a place was not protected from such a fate. I am saddened to think of the peace of the that place being broken by the grinding and shaking of heavy machinery, the very markers and graves shaken and disturbed after all these years. Those courageous men and women will no longer "Rest in Peace."

Most people in Bluff make their living from the tourists who stay in the motels, eat in the restaurants, shop at the trading posts, buy gas and groceries, etc. Will those who come to enjoy the peace, beauty and history still come when it is all destroyed?

Susan Taylor Rankert

Fenton, Mich.