A vote for the past and the future


The American poet/playwright Edgar Lee Masters in “Spoon River Anthology” creates an intriguing catalogue of tombstone epitaphs of the residents of a small American town.

The history, the charm, the character of the Spoon River could well be Lisbon, with its history-filled cemetery depicting the many types of people: rich and poor, progressive and reticent, successful and downtrodden who rest eternally in our local cemetery.

When I was writing the Lisbon book for the “Images of America” series, there was no question that I would find and include so much of our community’s past within those gates and on those tombstone markers. The inspiration of the past is there.

Now is the time that finances play an important role in maintaining that picturesque and sacred spot. A renewal levy has been placed on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election to make a genuine difference in keeping the cemetery orderly and secure.

As a place that means so much in history as well as a place that continues to weld the past and present, town and surroundings together, it is critical that local voters rise to the challenge and support this levy so that Lisbon can maintain its secure and comforting place of eternal rest.

I would urge each and every eligible voter to vote “Yes” for the cemetery levy so that we may not only take pride in our community, but also trust in our future for all of its residents.

Ruth Gerrard Cole