The Herald Bulletin

April 19, 2014

Viewpoint: Tree City USA distinction laughable

By Doug Berky Anderson resident
The Herald Bulletin

---- — I thoroughly enjoyed your April Fools’ editorial announcing that the city of Anderson had received the Tree City USA distinction. Had I not realized it was a joke, I would have choked on my coffee. I was a little concerned that you did not announce to some of the less enlightened readers that it was an April Fools’ joke.

I mean, really, the city of Anderson, a city planning to destroy thousands upon thousands of trees, possibly hundreds of thousands of trees by “damning” the White River. This dam will flood the Rangeline Wildlife Preserve wiping out every tree, plant, and animal it was established to protect.

Farther up river at least one-third of Mounds State Park will be put underwater endangering the Mounds and destroying rare, delicate ecosystems and old growth forest. Every tree along the White River from Anderson to Delaware County will cease to exist. Let’s not forget about all the trees in all the neighborhoods and the families that will be forcibly expelled from their homes.

Hey, I just noticed the date of the editorial. You should have run this on April 1st not April 2nd. Does this mean this was not a joke?

In a front-page article you ran on March 25, “Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people,” a meeting of climate scientists state that climate change, “It’s not far-off in the future and it’s not exotic creatures — it’s us and now.”

Given the seriousness of global warming and the integral part that trees play in giving our world clean air, no community in the world should put up with wholesale destruction of forest and ecological habitats. Anderson should be planting thousands of trees and not sacrificing a single one on the much abused altar of economic growth.