GOOD SOURCES — My source for the information about the burial of veterans in the indigent graveyard was good. I got the information from a deputy coroner.
Your information probably came from the people burying veterans in the potters' field. — Muckraker, Brawley
We put more faith in a source who will talk "on the record." In this instance, we had two sources with no axes to grind and no relationship with each other, Kirk Hems and Francis Frye, both in the funeral business.
We didn't talk to county Public Administrator Norma Saikhon. We knew you would not accept her denial.
Nevertheless, we have one more source to throw into the hopper: Dennis Jones, director of the Central Valley Cemetery District.
Jones said four veterans have been inadvertently buried in the local indigent section in the past 45 years, none since Saikhon was elected to office.
Four vets were laid to rest in the paupers' section in 1956, 1957, 1980 and 1987. In each case their military history came to light only after the burial, Jones said.