There is no way to overstate the volume and positivity of responses to my last two Wednesday columns about overgrown, underfunded local cemeteries and the impossibly steep struggle to maintain them with skeleton crews and aging equipment.

The emphatic feedback shows that better, sustainable care for the final resting places of the dead (veterans in particular) is an issue citizens of all political and social stripes can agree on. 

The dead deserve better. So do their survivors and descendants. 

While no solid strategies or commitments are in place, people with the power to produce solutions are discussing options. I can’t name names (yet), but I am encouraged by their interest and eager to work with them to get something done. 

For now, the best I can say is stay tuned. Like most chronic problems, the course to solving it will likely be more marathon than sprint.