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"This Column Is Garbage..."

"This Column Is Garbage..."

"Garbage? How does the Opinions section affect the quality of the News reported by GDT? Should freedom of speech, freedom of press and editorials not exist? If you can't be respectful, don't read the Opinions page. Stop fighting and start listening. Truly listening. For if he continues down this path, the only sound we'll hear is the last tree falling as he builds his empire..."

Death If Left Untreated

Death If Left Untreated

"Emotional damage is invisible to friends, family, coworkers, clients and strangers. Should not society better recognize the pain and assist with healing? Often, the wound is internal and so unknown, but even when made known, society makes a martyr of those who are suffering. This stigma needs to change."

A World Without Borders

A World Without Borders

"If only we could coexist without the need for passports and politics. Earth is meant to be explored and shared rather than controlled and fought over. Life is so, so very short. We are all dying from the moment of our first breath. To allow society to dictate how we live, how we believe, how we love is to be caged. We have over centuries of war and conquest, constructed a cage. We humans are supposedly one of the primary top-of-the-food-chain types of creatures, and yet we are killing each other and our own planet all with the goal to enslave ourselves and each-other. It would of course be nice if there was no fighting, no war, no hunger, no persecution, no anger, no fear, no jealousy. I fear that even with planetary freedom, humans would still kill and destroy each other. This planet, even damaged by us, will be here longer than we will. Why fight so much just because we are different?"

How The Highway Department's Controversial Methods Destroy Scenic Treelines

Beyond cleanliness and safety, what is the purpose and justification to the barbaric destruction of trees along the edge of highways with what looks like a glorified lawnmower? I'm so GREATLY thankful that BEAUTIFUL trees are left standing on our roadsides, but why after living here for over six years is it necessary to wake to the view of such butchery? I'm greatly saddened by the ugliness. As if the poison spray, leaving a line of brown death across the bottom half of the woods and contaminating my mail and mailbox wasn't enough. Tree limbs are ripped off, taking long strips of bark with them as if struck by wind or lightning. Exposed limbs are shattered, jutting out from the trees rather than cut across cleanly. It's like a tiny tornado descended. Much time will be required for them to grow enough to hide the damage. My children have been quite upset this morning, as they were already traumatized by the logging an unkind new 'neighbor' chose to bestow behind our house, despite monetary offers requesting they leave the bordering trees and so hide the destruction. It may be quick to 'mow' these lush forests, but to not do so neatly is so very ugly. I understand the need for safety and a better view of potential animals along the highway and I of course appreciate the hard work provided by the Kentucky Highway Department and all those who maintain Kentucky's highways, but what explanation can I provide to my children to justify the unkindness of the methods used? Perhaps I care too much for trees, but their beauty and oxygen is appreciated far more than their visual destruction.

 

Half untouched, half destroyed. 

After the tree trimming

 The machine of doom

The machine of doom

 This thing is dangerous to more than just nature. I was nearly hit by this large piece of wood as it flew across the highway onto my property!

This thing is dangerous to more than just nature. I was nearly hit by this large piece of wood as it flew across the highway onto my property!

 Ouch. To travel so far, this could've done some serious damage to me or a passing motorist.

Ouch. To travel so far, this could've done some serious damage to me or a passing motorist.