The Edmond Sun

Opinion

June 24, 2013

LETTER: Trees fall sacrifice to power needs

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I do love my electricity. I would really be uncomfortable going without it if ever the power lines behind my house were to be damaged.

“How do we make sure that electricity customers are not uncomfortable for long and how can we best ensure that electricity is up and running as soon as possible?” I know these are questions the electric companies must ask, but does such complete and final destruction have to be the solution?

For the past two weeks, the trees on the east side of Hafer Park have been taken to the ground. The trees included Oaks more than a foot and a half in diameter, Red Buds and Elms, not to mention the wild irises and dandelions. Hundreds of years of trees and flowers destroyed in a matter of days. I am not a tree enthusiast, I use paper towels and water bottles same as the next guy, but when I see the true beauty of our city being thrown away in the name of business, I have to ask, “Is there no other way?”

I am confident I have no idea what it takes to repair power lines. I don’t know the equipment needed or the space needed to use that equipment. But there is now enough room at the back of Hafer Park to drive two work trucks side by side through the cleared path. Was that necessary?

The gentlemen cutting down the trees are just doing what they have been told. The company that employs the gentlemen cutting down the trees is just doing the job for which they have been hired. Who is the last deciding factor for these business decisions? Do they know our city? Do they know the beauty of this area of the city with its majestic trees in a time when trees are being leveled due to storms and in an area of the country composed of mostly farmland?

Today don’t take for granted the beauty that surrounds you in this city.

Kristi Dye

Edmond

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