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More on our troubled trees

Regarding last week’s article about trees, the blight and comments from the N.C. Forest Service.

In June I found severe leaf damage on 10 different varieties of trees from Black Mountain to Asheville.

We heard of the “yellow-poplar weevil” and the “oak leaf blister fungus.” Not to worry however.

Of the yellow poplars and the oaks we are informed, “the trees are not being damaged, just the leaves.”

All those shriveled black poplar leaves on the ground? They are just leaves and may possibly grow back.

The damaged leaves on the oaks, maples, locusts, sassafras and other varieties are not growing back.

Remember seventh-grade biology class? Trees exchange carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen.

That exchange happens through the leaves. Interstate 40 and all of us commuters put out a lot of carbon.

Maybe the leaves are feeling just a wee bit of a chemical overload.

And those interesting designs in the sky that last for hours - could that also be impacting thousands of trees?

Oh well, it’s just the leaves.

Sophia V. Brooks

Black Mountain

Let’s build a bridge in Montreat

By all means, let’s build a new bridge in Montreat. Not the extravagant complication our Town Council seems hell-bent on foisting upon us, but a much more important one, clearly lying within the purview of the council - a bridge over our very troubled waters.

It should start with halting all work and expenditures on its two, most egregious and disputed projects: its plans for a new town hall on Florida Terrace and its proposed bridge over Flat Creek.

That would certainly lay the responsible underpinnings of a bridge over our unfortunate and unnecessarily troubled, civic waters.

Next, it should step back from its brinksmanship and appoint a representative, blue ribbon committee to work with it in beginning the moral process of stemming the obvious currents and undercurrents that are eroding confidence in our town’s leadership – and good will among some of our citizens.

Thirdly, it should sponsor and participate in an open, no holds barred discussion, with all who wish to participate, about these and related matters.

These three actions would begin to plank the most important bridge needed in our beloved little town.

Please listen to your constituents, town council, and begin to build this crucially needed bridge.

L. Adlai Boyd

Montreat

More appreciation for the Harwoods

Patriotic kudos to Rick Harwood, his family and many hard-working friends for standing up for his nation, state and Black Mountain community on the Fourth of July. Shout out, too, for the sponsors, especially Ingles and Danny Barnwell, manager.

Rick recognizes the true value of sharing, just as countless men and women have defended our national honor with their blood, tears, time and lives to preserve our nation.

Thanks Rick, we are all indebted to you.

Don and Anne Stone

Black Mountain

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