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Fighting Over The Dead: Langley Cemetery Controversy Continues

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A small community fracturing over the most sacred of places:

"I have had friends, I still call them my friends that won't speak to me," Dot Campbell says. "I wave my hands, they look at me, and turn their heads"

Dot Campbell was born and raised in Langley and she says she'll die here.  But a disagreement over a cemetery without a deed has cracked this community -  so deeply that some say it would have the dead rolling over in their graves.

"It's gotten too hateful, hateful, hateful," says Gail Barron. "The folks buried here, do you think they would squabble over such an insignificant thing?"

The "insignificant thing" was the paths across the cemetery:  Should they be closed?  But soon accusations started flying over money and power. Before the meeting, Dot had one request:

"Everybody has different opinions, but can't we come together and settle our differences?"

The answer became clear - "No!"  The conversation became even more heated than the weather. Soon, the meeting was out of control.  The hundred or so attendees still had questions:

"I want to know what's going on, what their plans are, she said 'we' decided I want to know who 'we' are," says Betty Coleman.

But there were no answers, only shouting in a sacred place.  Down the road a group waited in another meeting-- when they heard  the meeting was in the cemetery, they stayed away.

"It tells me when it was going to be in the cemetery out in the open, there was going to be trouble," one woman said.

And while everyone complained about this woman taking charge without a vote, another woman took over the meeting, also without a vote.

So, still no one has a deed, and no one has answers.

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