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April 5, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Niles Canyon tree removal protests: the right questions?

Letter to the editor: Niles Canyon tree removal protests: the right questions?

For your readers who have expressed themselves regarding this project, I wonder if they ever thought perhaps that they are not asking the right questions in this struggle to protect their trees.

By that I mean, the 'Big Picture' of why the relationship between citizens and their democratically elected government is so fragile and blindsided. We vote, we pay taxes and at the end of the day, we want someone to listen to us when we speak up.

Never mind that the hounds of war eat our taxes and our sons and daughters and, in that process, kill a lot more innocent folk who owe us no debt, do us no harm and upon whom, when we do not kill them instantly, shower their land, their trees, their children with depleted uranium of bombs sent to them so that their tyrants wither and die.

We cannot deserve freedom nor an environmental blessing nor hope nor love of nature while we sit silently and rain such plagues on the bereft and humble people in our path. How can we ask goodness for ourselves when we unleash destruction upon them and generations to come?

Once I saw a bumper sticker which said, "My karma ran over my dogma." We need desperately for that to happen to us as a country, as a nation, as a people. Then perhaps we can export real freedom, real love of life not only for and from ourselves, but for all mankind.

LB Rainwater

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