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Cutting trees robs county

Letters to the Editor
Published January 15, 2006

Re: Spring Hill's future stirs in Sterling, Jan 8 Times:

I, along with letter writer Ann Ratajik, ask where is the "countryside parklike setting?" Notice the absence of trees? Is Hernando County a place that destroys the trees and names streets in honor of them? Destroys all the native trees and plants exotics in their place?

Cut down all the trees, entice families to move into the area and have them breathe all the air that should have been filtered by the trees and then they will develop breathing problems that send them scrambling to doctors who will write them prescriptions for medication to ease their breathing problems?

So, by destroying all the trees we are providing jobs and money to the medical profession, landscapers, and nurseries.

God put the trees on earth for man to enjoy, not destroy. In the very beginning, the Book of Genesis, we learn about trees. In the first book of the Bible there is reference to the first specific tree: the tree of life (also referenced in Revelations). When you enter into the woods or forest and rest in the shade of a tree, what do you feel? Many will reply they sense God's pleasure. Will any pleasure from trees be found in Sterling?

Martin Luther said, "In the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold or silver ... God writes the gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars."

Dean Ohlman, writing for RCB Ministries, says that understanding how important trees are to all of life, we may decide to reject the old adage that a dog is man's best friend and provides a list of some of the things trees do for us: provide oxygen, collect and absorb dust and other atmospheric pollutants, etc.

We have failed to care for the natural world (especially the trees) God has entrusted to us.

-- Ray Heddleson, Spring Hill

Allains not only culprits in this case

Re: The Allains:

Now that the Allains have finally been caught, I would like to look at the other people who should join them in the big house.

First are the two oldest daughters and their significant others. There is no way you're going to convince me they didn't know where they were hiding.

Next is Lori Allain's sister, who was hiding the Allains' kids for them in New Jersey. She obviously knew what was going on.

All of them should face charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive. Will justice be served?

-- Paul Wilson, Spring Hill

It wasn't just animals she took care of

Re: Judy Schwartz, wildlife rehabilitator, dies in crash, Jan 5 Times:

To say that Judy Schwartz was a devoted person and wonderful friend would be putting it mildly. She never turned down anyone who needed help or advice about an animal. Her place was spotless, all the injured animals were well taken care of, and her smile was contagious. She was softspoken, never spoke unkindly about anyone, and always was there to help, no matter what.

She had the flu not long ago and she still worked tirelessly. I always worried she would get seriously ill because she never stopped working.

Judy always helped animals, but just recently my husband and I were going to move our 87-year-old friend from one apartment to another and Judy insisted on helping. She didn't even know this lady, yet she wanted to help. And she certainly did work, lifting heavy boxes and furniture, and supplied us with her truck. All because she was needed. She never asked for a dime. It was the same way with the animals that people would call about; she never got paid for it, she just loved to help. How many people would do that all the time?

My husband and I loved her and consider ourselves fortunate to have known her.

-- Jeannie and Johnnie Bellm, Spring Hill

[Last modified January 15, 2006, 01:47:20]

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