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Lincoln was right, can't please some of the folks
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screaminghollow    Posted 05-16-2002 at 18:59:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last month, I bought 7 more acres adjoining mine. Where my driveway meets the road, there were some maple trees which grew out of the bank and were allowed to grow into twenty inch diameter trees. They blocked my veiw up the road and made it dangerous to pull out. I didn't dare touch the trees before, weren't my property. Hired a crew to come in and cut down the trees yesterday. Two neighbors came over screaming and cussing about me cutting down the trees. Another threatened to call the dept of highways because the trees were on the highway right of way. I said go ahead. Got phone calls from other neighbors complaining last night. I told them my insurance company demanded the trees be cut down to avoid liability if someone had an accident because the view was blocked. Tonight at the local store, another neighbor, who hasn't been particularly neighborly over the past year, came over and thanked me for cutting down the trees. Her driveway is only 100 feet from mine and the trees blocked her view too. In fact she said her eldest had been in an accident a few years back, because he could't see down the road to pull out. Can't figure some of these folks. The two who complained yesterday wouldn't even say Hello today. The one I expected to get grief from actually thanked me.

REDNECKMATT    Posted 05-17-2002 at 18:09:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey screaminghollow and Pete I think all three of us are in the same neck of the woods were in PA are you guys? I'm dead center of Harrisburg and Carlisle.

Pete in PA    Posted 05-17-2002 at 13:16:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I do believe you and I are from the same neck of the woods, so here's something for ya...the right of way is exactly that - a right of way...the highway folks could care less what you cut down - it's what you put up that matters...

As for the idiocy of some, these people just need to hear that you cut them down to protect *their* wouldn't want *them* to get in an accident. This type of individual generally cares abouit their own issues, and can't "see the forest for the trees" (sorry...couldn't resist.)

Pete in PA

WallSal55    Posted 05-17-2002 at 12:35:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know where you are living. I too, trim trees (that block safety to pull out from drives).
All I can figure out, is that those maples must have been beautiful to look at and in the fall?
Here in IL, many, many trees get cleared away. I get sad when they rip out old osage orange hedge rows as that is how early settlers marked their property. (They were used by Indians, too.) I even hate to see the old lilac bushes go from farmsteads. Then on some farms, there is nothing but blow sand. If your neighbor rips the trees out, the sand ends up at your house.
Seems silly to be so sentimental over trees, but I am one who is, However...
I do believe that whoever owns the land, has the say-so to fix the property to their pleasing.
I would rather see beautiful trees if it meant saving a life or lives.

Les    Posted 05-17-2002 at 03:05:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
It never ceases to amaze me that people think they have a right to dictate what others can and can't do on their own land.
It further amazes me that people are more upset about a tree getting cut than a kid getting run over. Here in New Hampshire, if we didn't cut trees there wouldn't be any open land and you couldn't see anything of the beauty of this state. I'm a forester and I love trees but they're still just trees and people are more important.
Sorry for the rant, but you hit one of my hot buttons.

Tom A    Posted 05-17-2002 at 04:40:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got a friend on another forum who is an older gentleman from Great Britain. He quotes his father:

"There's nowt as strange as folk."

After I heard it, I've found I think about it more and more often as I hear the strange things that people do and say.

Then I think about an old Army saying related to what those folks can do. Unfortunately, if I wrote it here, Kim would kick me off for good (and be very justified!). :-)

So I'll say just "grin and bear it."


bob ny    Posted 05-17-2002 at 06:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
is that someting about taking a joke

Salmoneye    Posted 05-17-2002 at 04:10:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you say Temperate Rainforest?

Gotta go mix more gas for the saws...

LH    Posted 05-16-2002 at 19:14:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Said but such is life.

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