I am writing in response to the "Business Honor Roll" found in the Feb. 6 edition of The Chatfield News. The purpose of that issue was to "call attention to our area businesses and organizations that for over 160 years have created and continue to add to our changing landscape of products and services."

The concept of the "Business Honor Roll" is an excellent idea, providing recognition, advertising, and a history lesson for our community and its business owners. Unfortunately, there were multiple businesses that were not granted the opportunity to be included in the "Business Honor Roll." Several of these businesses include second, third and fourth generation businesses that have made significant contributions to making Chatfield the full-service and culturally rich community it is today. Some of the services provided by these businesses include: safely busing our children and grandchildren to school, providing memorials and proper burials for our deceased friends, family and loved ones, transporting our goods in a timely and cost effective manner, providing service and repair for the equipment of our area's farmers and businesses and providing dining and social experiences that help bring us together as a community. This is a short list and does not include the business owners that practice a trade or craft and may not have a traditional storefront.

It is important for our community that our business owners be provided an equal opportunity to be included on the "Business Honor Roll." This version of the Honor Roll excluded some valuable history of our community and offended this business owner by exclusion.

Mike and Vicki Cramer

Chatfield