I’d like to put in a plug for Bowling Green’s trees. Every candidate for Mayor or City Commission should be asked about their vision for the city’s tree canopy.

Trees are not just pretty objects that we plant for our entertainment. Each provides numerous benefits that we forget in our overdrive lives.

We know about shade, wood, nuts and fruits and the Co2 gas exchange that is vital. But we may not recognize how trees build soil, maintain the watershed, produce medicines and enhance biodiversity.

When I moved to Bowling Green in 2017, I went for a walk in the soccer park on Lover’s Lane. As I put my foot on the gravel path, I heard a terrible screaming voice echoing across the fields. I ran to it thinking a person was in distress, but it turned out it was the sound of a truck clawing at the base of a mature tree. That was the beginning of the mega development called The Hub and my personal introduction to city planning. I’ve kept quiet for 4 years to learn about my new community, to observe. Part of that is reading about the history of our city and county. The natural forests, meadowlands and, yes – a little prairie – is awesome. But, much of it is gone or abused.

For our children’s sake, let’s elect people with a healthy vision of maintaining and growing our city’s tree canopy for the health and well being of our kids, our residents, and animal and plant companions.

Look at people like Tom Morris for Mayor. Tom is a write-in candidate, a native of Bowling Green, and a man with a healthy and prosperous vision of his city. He promises to work to bring back recycling, too. He’s got my vote. Go to morrisforbg.com.

Also, join Big Trees of Bowling Green, to identify and celebrate our biggest trees.

Susan Feathers

Bowling Green

(7) comments

susanleefeathers

And, everytown has its resident barracudas who slash at everyone and everything.

Absolutely Positively

Susan,

No one is against trees. However anyone who is that crazy about trees is a weirdo. Not that it makes one a bad person, just weird.

victoria

I agree with the author. It is sad we have lost so much of our green space. When I moved to BG in the 80's Scottsville Rd and Lover's Lane and all of Alvaton was land. My friends and I kid about how back in the day when we went through the check outline at the store we had the conversation "How are you? How's your Mama? Haven't seen you at church lately." and we would catch up with folks. Now we have apartments everywhere, congestion, crime, anonymity, and we have lost our sense of community. Our town could've grown and kept its sense of community, but we grew too fast. And we've lost farm land, and space. Now we are crowded with few green space. We now have to carve it out of our landscape and hope no developer decides it's a nice place for more apartments. I appreciate the family who donated their Lost River Cave land to WKU to keep it from being developed. We would've lost a most wonderful historic piece of BG if they had put money before preservation.

Absolutely Positively

Imagine spending your life around people so strange that you don't feel weird at all about writing such an odd letter.

Dr. Strangelove

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Dr. Strangelove

She's probably on the Board of Sierra Club. That deep scientific think tank that keeps California forests untouched and in their "natural" state.

Enough Already

I hear her nickname is "Sparky".

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