Back in a kinder and gentler era when trees grew too close to the power lines, Duke Energy hired tree experts to selectively trim only the branches that were too close. Now to fatten Duke Energy’s bottom line they flagrantly butcher trees wholesale. Tuesday morning in Waxhaw, residents witnessed the mass destruction of mature majestic oaks and maples lining Main Street. The new policy as explained to me is to trim so aggressively that 10 to 15 years would pass before another butcher job would need to take place. The choice given to property owners by Duke Energy was to cut the tree off losing 75 percent or cut the tree down completely. Many chose to lose their trees completely rather than to accept a disfigured eyesore ruining the landscape. Now we are left to pay for the removal of the cut wood as well as deal with unsightly stumps that remain as a reminder of Duke Energy’s greed.
Everyone in these challenging economic times has had to do some belt tightening, that’s understandable. However, a major semi-public utility has the resources but obviously not the conscience to avoid defiling one of our most valuable natural resources, our beautiful trees. Shame on you Duke Energy! Take a step back in time… you do not need to butcher trees just to save a buck!
Just some clarification
In an effort to clarify, let me state emphatically that I am not nor have I ever thought I was Theodore Roosevelt. I am actually Robin Williams playing Theodore Roosevelt.
That said pardon me while I wrap myself in the Red, White and Blue and read the Constitution, I’m a little chilled.
Robert W. Allen
Crossing Path Park
May 14th proved to be an absolutely delightful day as Indian Trail residents came together and participated in the festivities marking the grand opening of the Crossings Path Park. It truly was an “American Event” as individuals of different perspectives and political persuasions joined together in one common cause to remember their history, enjoy the present, and celebrate their future. Neighbors were seen smiling, happily greeting one and enjoying the succulent available foods. Meanwhile their children and grandchildren danced to the soothing sounds of the “Too Much Sylvia” band, encompassing 5 decades of pop music. A grand fireworks display concluded this very enjoyable day.
Special thanks go out to the Jeffrey Goodall led Town Council for their vision allowing for the development of the Crossing Path Park. Additional kudos also extended to Town Manager, Joseph Fivas and his dedicated staff of town employees who spent hundreds of hours planning and organizing the event. Last, let us not forget the multiple independent community groups and associations, too numerous here to mention, who gave unselfishly of their time, energies, and monies to make the Crossing Path Park a reality. Truly, one community, steeped in American heritage and family oriented values, coming together this moment in time. Kudos to all!