Posted 08-20-2003 at 01:19:25
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My thanks to you all for your many friendly, varied and useful words of advice and solutions regarding my two trees. My apologies for appearing a little crooked to remove these trees, but sometimes one has to act with a certain amount of common sense and imagination in relation to rules that are applied to a wide variety of situations (city and country)
It can seem very complicated to live here in Europe to many of you in the States. Each European country still has its own landscape, culture, laws and languages (Switzerland by itself has four linguistic regions - German, French, Italian and Romansch), and of course with more than 300 million citizens (possibly 100 million more if you add the countries now beginning to join the European common market) living across Europe in fairly close proximity to one another, the restrictions are of course growing daily tighter and tighter.
We dislike the growing constraints and regulations but realise that we need these restrictions do prevent abuses. For example I believe trees in cities should be protected.
Anyhow, the land surface of Europe is not that small. There are many areas of forest, mountains, farmland etc that allow one to escape the hassles of urban life and restrictions. Also we have to protect our history (more restrictions) and that can have some amusing results - we will stop building Olympic Stadiums due next year if we discover a Greek column during the excavations.
It all adds up to a complicated daily life which can also be fascinating. I hope that each of you will one day have the opportunity to visit the old country of many of your ancestors and have the pleasure of discovering the wonderful things we have here and that are part of all of us today.
As much as I appreciate them, please don't send me any more solutions - I could write a book with what I have received already. Many thanks.