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Flag etiquette needs improvement at cemetery in Marshdale
Editor:
I write to you of the American flag near the bus-barn entrance on North Turkey Creek on the Memorial Circle at Evergreen Memorial Park. I called almost two months ago, e-mailed recently and just called again to ask them to please either replace the burned-out light that illuminates the flag, or to take it down every night at sunset and put up in the morning until it can be replaced. The lady who answers the phone says she has forwarded my concerns to the owner each time.
Flag etiquette is very important to me as a combat veteran, as an American; but the families who have veterans buried there deserve to know their soldiers will be honored. One soldier there was killed in action only last year. This is in our own backyard, and quite literally in mine.
I am of the opinion that if there is to be a flag honoring members of the service, especially at a cemetery, then the flag should not be disrespected by allowing it to go unattended in this way.
My three attempts at resolving this have been frustratingly unsuccessful, and they’re not living up to their responsibility.
Jenn Latini
Evergreen

Hiwan Golf Club’s elk chase is justified
Editor:
After reading Vicky Gits’ article about Hiwan Golf Club and its legal elk-removal procedures, I find myself almost at a loss for words. Almost. One thing that makes our mountain community so attractive, especially to visitors, is Hiwan. Our family has been members since I can remember, and we are proud of our course and the hard work that Mr. Sherman and his staff put in to keep it looking great.
It pains me to think that residents of the area side with the elk, who are not native to Colorado, by the way, and, as stated several times by the Division of Parks and Wildlife, are grossly overpopulating our area with little to no hindrance from the nearly non-existent predators. Sure, they’re nice to watch and are wild animals that should be respected, but if only the community could see how much they are costing places like Hiwan Golf Club to clean up after. Not to knock the public course in South Evergreen, but Hiwan does have that certain pizzazz and appeal to those who like the exclusivity and pay for such. It would be a grave disservice to the membership of the club if no one made the effort to clear this nuisance from the grounds.
Some say just leave the elk alone. I’m appalled, and assume these people either aren’t members of Hiwan or just frankly don’t care. I invite people who don’t like the approach Mr. Sherman is taking to give some constructive advice on how to solve this problem instead of getting angry, calling DOW and telling them to simply “leave the elk be.” How about hearing from people who actually want Hiwan to look good? Maybe next time Ms. Gits could include some opinions from people who actually benefit from all the efforts of the grounds people? Perhaps some who use the course and don’t like to walk fairways littered with elk droppings?
Ryan Davidson
Evergreen