March 26, 2009: Our readers write

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lucia beeler, S.R. Gossett, Tammy Hornback

By The Staff

Seeing the forest for its trees

Winter brought great damage to our woods and yards. In response we want to rush out and gather up that brush and cut down those trees and have it all hauled away. Stop, take a deep breath — those trees often have nests of squirrels, flying squirrels, woodpeckers, songbirds, owls, etc., in them. Maybe we could wait until late fall to cut those trees and, by that time, we might decide we like the way that tree looks. And maybe we could pile that brush in a corner of the back yard as shelter for the birds and bunnies. Within a few years that brush will break down into rich soil. Going into the woods to clean up the brush means we are stomping on and destroying all the tiny, tender seedlings.

Please leave the dead trees in the woods. Woodpeckers, owls, squirrels, raccoons, birds, etc., depend on the hollows of those trees to raise their young. Even animals have the right to a safe home.

Humans seem to be at war with nature and therefore miss its mystery, beauty and subtle wisdom. Unlike humans, nature never wastes anything.

“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

lucia beeler


Airborne seeks veterans

The 82nd Airborne Division has served in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past few years and will return for another tour of duty. This is the most decorated division in today’s military.

The 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc. has 100 civilian chapters across the country which serve both military and civilians. With 34,000 members, we hold regular meetings, annual picnics and sponsor school programs on our airborne history.

Our membership includes veterans from the 11th, 13th, 17th, 82nd, 101st and today’s Special Forces. Combat is not a requirement, only the wings earned through hard work and determination.

National activities include State Line Awards, April 2-4 in Atlanta; 27th Memorial Days  June 12-13 in Houston; All Airborne Days, July 2-6 in El Paso, Texas; and the 63rd National Convention, Aug. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

For complete details on events and membership, contact Airborne Days, 5459 Northcutt Place, Dayton, OH 45414, or e-mail srgabn@aol. com.

S.R. Gossett

Membership Chairman

Dayton, Ohio   Hurtful remarks

The letter pointing out by name a teenage child who was seriously injured is an insult and no doubt painful to the family of young Jennifer Hornback (“What not to do on the road,” March 23). She is still a child and children do not always think like adults. Yes, she should have had her seat belt on, but look at all the motorcylists who don’t have to wear helmets. Our law gives them that right, but we have to wear our seat belts. See, I mentioned that without making an example out of someone specifically. I found those comments disrespectful to Jennifer and her family. Though I don’t know them personally, I also found the comment “God bless Jennifer and her family” to be a little late. Please think about things before someone else gets hurt this way or by a terrible accident.

My prayers are with Jennifer and her family.

Tammy Hornback