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Opinion: Upset with massacre of Lake Tahoe trees

Thanks goodness our electric power company, Liberty utilities, finally cut down those darn trees! They were so in the way! They towered at least 50 feet in the air. One was approximately 54 inches in diameter; the second, 51, and the big one, 58. Two graced the side of the bike trail in Homewood a few feet from each other.

But, after all, they were only about three hundred years old each. It is so appropriate that they ended their elegant, ancient lives during the week that we as a nation were celebrating Earth Day, sacrificed for power lines.

In the 1750s, when Ben Franklin was having fun with his kit and, experimenting with electricity, these magnificent trees were just youngsters.

In the 1860s to 1880s, huge old trees in the forests of Tahoe were cut down for the mines in Virginia City. These three stood there on the West Shore surviving the massacre. Miraculously, many ancient trees of the West Shore survived the cutting and they are dearly loved today.

One does wonder if, with the speed of today’s technology is it probable that in another 50 years, power and phone lines will become obsolete? Were these few trees worth relocating lines to save them?

Yes, it is extremely expensive to relocate lines. Yes, I use power. Yes, I am thankful to have a home with instant electricity (most of the time). I believe there are always alternatives. I believe in priorities. I believe we should save our magnificent trees. Yes, my heart is aching.

Marion Burrowes


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