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December 5, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Seattle’s trees

Get off my lawn

It becomes quite evident that at least one member of the Seattle City Council has no concept of the right of private property [“Seattle City Council may limit tree-cutting by property owners,” News, Dec. 2].

Council President Richard Conlin was quoted in The Seattle Times saying, “Removing trees causes soil erosion, increases pollution and decreases property value and it’s unattractive.” That statement is unsupported by facts. That is not to say that under certain conditions each may be true of a specific parcel, but it is the property owner’s responsibility to deal with the consequences of his actions.

Authoritarian government is quite “unattractive,” especially if executed without judgment.

The council has enough on its hands without overstepping its bounds on trees.

Perhaps there could be a “tree-removal credit.” Each land parcel would get three a year and these “credits” would be bought and sold, like carbon credits.

— Jim Ewins, Seattle

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