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Roadside memorial feesPosted Friday, July 25, 2008, at 2:41 PM
West Virginia officials are proposing a $400 fee for permission to erect roadside memorials, according to The Associated Press.
Roadside memorials seem to have sprung up all over Bedford County and Shelbyville over the past few years. Some have remained, and been kept up, for several years. A candle lit at one caused a small grass fire a few years ago.
Seems like we didn't see any until Hispanics moved to the area and began erecting them.
Should a fee be charged? I tend to think not. The victims' families have suffered enough -- often, financially as well as emotionally -- without being forced to pay hundreds of dollars.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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