Is it too late? It seems like every several days there is the roar of a chainsaw when a tree on a neighboring property is turned to dust or firewood.
This sound should bring our attention to the voices heralding our pending global demise of warming and oceans rising. This removal of trees that are active sentinels against an overabundance of atmospheric carbon dioxide is a possible contribution toward global warming.
As a property owner living where a monster oak and a dozen other oak trees dwell, I see my annual leaf collection being removed by Washington Township’s vacuum truck.
Maybe it is time to encourage the planting of replacements for these trees with New Jersey white pines, an evergreen tree native to the area. I know I will be long gone before the replacement trees reach their beneficial time period, but maybe we can trend global cooling as well as alleviate leaf collection costs.
Where are the environmental activists who watch our leaves turn color and then fall to be collected? Plant white pines, not signs.
Gerald Keer, Turnersville
Happy days here, except for conservatives
Every few weeks like clockwork, I’ll read a letter by Barbara Essington, such as the recent “Democrats engage in Orwellian ‘doublespeak,’ ” that trashes Democrats and anyone else who doesn’t share her political preferences.
These letters read like a list of manufactured grievances she heard about from conservative media. Like many submissions by conservative writers, I see little evidence of anything but a litany of talking points regurgitated as letters to the editor.
If Essington and the rest were to tune out formulaic right-wing media, which thrives on fomenting conflict and resentment, they’d realize things are looking pretty good.
Since President Joe Biden took office, we’ve made enormous progress on the coronavirus pandemic. Some 154 million Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is lifting restrictions. Businesses are reopening, people are returning to work, and a sense of normalcy and optimism is settling in. The real-estate market is on fire, and homes are selling above their asking prices.
Many economists predict an economic boom as the year progresses, with a corresponding plunge in the jobless rate. In short, we’re looking at an unprecedented economic recovery. Most normal Americans are in a downright celebratory mood.
The only ones who seem unhappy and negative are conservatives. Perhaps they are bitter because Donald Trump, their hero-king, lost his reelection bid. Maybe they’re just unhappy by nature.
Regardless, they should cheer up and enjoy the stability and prosperity a sensible president has made possible. Happy days are here again!
Joseph D. Bastrimovich, National Park
‘Blue wall’ defends bad cops across the miles
So, the “blue wall” extends from Minnesota all the way to New Jersey.
Steve Cupani, a retired Atlantic City police sergeant, wrote a letter (“Juror prevented fair trial for Derek Chauvin”) about Brandon Mitchell, a juror in the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.
Cupani accuses Mitchell of being biased, mostly because he wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt in 2020, long before he was selected as a juror in this spring’s trial.
Cupani, like a lot of cops, don’t recognize that Chauvin was a bad one. Hey, I’ll bet that Cupani has worn a Policemen’s Benevolent Association shirt once or twice. Does that make him biased?
Twelve Minnesotans looked at the evidence and declared Chauvin guilty of murder. It’s pitiful that Cupani can’t seem to see the truth.
Michael Schnackenberg, Newton
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