Originally Published: April 23, 2012 9:56 p.m.
I support Arizona's policy on removing roadside memorials. As cited in numerous articles, they are a distraction and a safety hazard. They are being erected on city, county, state and federal property without permission, to remember a loved one who passed away at that location. Why don't you see tons of memorials plastered to the fronts of hospitals where far more people have died than on the highways? Some have gone as far as having a small concrete slab poured as a place for the memorial to sit on. Granted some are very tasteful, but others look like a clearance event at the Family Dollar. Please, remember your loved one; it's the right thing to do. But remember them in a way that doesn't intrude on others. Teddy bears, mylar balloons, silk flowers, and Virgin Mary candles won't bring them back, but it does a very good job at littering the highways, especially with our winds.
I have seen candles burning in the midst of dry grass. The only memory here will be the ruins of a nearby house if the grass catches fire. Please. I don't drive through your cemetery, don't put tombstones on my highway.