To The Daily Sun,
For me, it's hard to believe that Peter Mayhew of Mayhew's Funeral Home in Meredith has chosen to jeopardize his character, credibility, reputation and his clients' peace of mind, over the cost of extending the height of his crematorium chimney. Instead of simply extending his chimney he now has decided to hire a lawyer and sue the very man who once said, "If you extend your chimney you'll never hear from me again" (story - May 19).
It makes no sense. Mr. Mayhew must be aware that lawyers aren't cheap and that he is losing business because of all this controversy. So, if you factor in the lawyer and loss of business and compare that to what an extension would have cost you really begin to wonder why he's throwing so much money away when he could have just made the problem go away by extending the chimney.
There's no question that the setbacks, in respect to the chimney's particulate and gas emissions, are improper and that the DES and town of Meredith should have never allowed the crematorium in that location, in the first place. Even a blind person can see that. But none of that matters anymore.
Since town governments and state agencies aren't really familiar with the concepts of admitting their mistakes and fixing them, Mr. Mayhew and his abutter seem doomed to remain locked in battle, the lawyers will become richer, public opinion will escalate, nerves will be frayed, sleep will be lost ... and unfortunately the one person who could have made this problem go away, will not be called ... the mason.
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