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Where are the tree huggers in the Tree City?

Published: December 18, 2012 4:00 AM

First Energy, you've done it again! You have no concern for your customers and their homes. Do you not realize that trees offer protection from cold and heat? Oh wait. No, you want us to pay more for our utilities. Nice! Not only that, your customer service has gone down with all the trees. Just how far into peoples' yards do you feel you can go? Why don't you pay the taxes on it and do the yard work while you're at it?

There go the property values and aesthetics of our neighborhood. So much for having curb appeal or any backyard beauty or privacy.

Where are the tree huggers?

What is stopping First Energy from putting in underground cables? The land is ready for it by now. They have removed most of the brush from their line of fire. The poles are an eyesore.

Is there anyone in a power position that cares about this city of ours? Are you willing to come to the rescue before we start looking like a Third World community? Quite possibly the neighborhoods have taken a back seat to downtown and the university as they forge ahead. What a shame.

Marie Schnee, Kent

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anonymous Dec 21, 2012 10:27 AM

I see your frustration Marie but all I can respond is "really?" You're asking for the "tree huggers" to come forward to solve this problem. Tree Huggers can't. Where was this consideration for the environment when we were chopping down the trees and clearing the land for these McMansions of ours? Or these super centers that we all enjoy shopping at? Maybe we should have thought of this before we built our homes and planted tress that are growing in an area that isn't big enough for them. Because I can tell you that some of those powelines were there before those trees. It's the dumdum who didn't take into consideration the size of the tree and where it was being planted causing it to now be chopped to pieces (in some cases). It other cases we went ahead and built around them because someone wanted more space. Not thinking of these long term effects.

There are ways to add curb appeal without a white oak or maple tree.

We want to take and take and take until there isn't anything left. This is not the only fault of the energy company. There isn't enough money to rebuild the infrastructure of electricity. And if they do somehow come up with a plan for it, you and I will be footing the bill. That's why it's not being done. And remember the great Black Out of 2003 that affected the whole eastern seaboard? That was from a overgrown tree here in Ohio in someone's backyard! Do you want that again?! I don't.

We need to look at other ways to update our homes to offer protection from cold and heat. And look at ways to reduce our energy use. It's not only the trees and seeing how there are less and less of them you should probably come up with plan b. If we would have listened to Walt Whitman and Thoreau decades ago our lives would be much dfferent. As would our environment.