Letters to the Editor
This letter is in response to the March 20 Star article about Electric City looking to get rid of its “butt ugly trees.”
In the 1980s, there was a consensus of the whole Grand Coulee Dam area community to beautify our area by creating more parks and greenery to soften the plainness and harshness. Project REV was implemented based on that and other mandates in the mid 1980s and the community worked hard to do just that by creating green areas wherever they could. Now our local governments are cutting down beautiful mature trees and soon we’ll be back to the ugly landscape of dirt and buildings.
The Electric City junipers were added later, but achieved the same effect. The junipers were chosen specifically because they would be drought, cold and wind tolerant, as well as green throughout the year, to reduce the effect of the unattractive main highway that runs through town. I would hope that the Electric City council would require a survey of the community, as well as the businesses, before they take them all out.
Mary Jane Bailey