Tuesday, April 30, 2013

queer trees condemned as "hazardous"

According to the Arlington County Parks Department, the four non-straight trees in Ft. Myer Heights Park are going to be cut down because they are "hazardous."  The Arlington County Forester approves of this action.  That's ridiculous.  These trees, which are white mulberries, are gentle and kind.  They have never said a bad word to anyone.  And that's not all.  They are strong, strong enough to have remained standing against some mighty winds over the past few years.  The same can't be said for many straight trees.

One new tree has been planted in Ft. Myer Heights Park.  It's a plain, staid, straight tree. Of course it is warmly welcomed.  Wave to it when you walk by, because trees like gentle breezes.  And sing when you sit under it, because trees like singing.   But Rosslyn has a growing reputation as a funky, quirky, artistic place.  This plain, staid straight tree, welcome though it is, is just not like Rosslyn.

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