Save the planet, water a tree

All over town, newly planted trees and mature trees are dying from lack of sufficient water during this prolonged drought. It appears that some people with boulevard trees are too lazy to water them. The same is true of the “corporate” boulevard trees planted in squares of dirt about 40 inches on a side. How can anyone expect a tree to get a proper watering from rain in such a tiny space?

The city has built so many medians in our streets and planted trees on those narrow, hot plots of dirt, but it is not running water trucks to sluice the trees regularly to keep them alive. Watering is a lot cheaper than planting new trees. It’s a terrible loss to have so many trees dying. The more trees there are, the cooler our city will be as the global warming trend continues.

The Amazon rainforest, with all of the burn-off that’s been done, has now become a negative producer of oxygen. It produces more carbon dioxide than it takes up to turn into oxygen. So countries ought to be planting millions of trees to try to make up the difference.

We’ve all got only this planet to live on, so let’s not be uncaring about giving our trees a drink of water when the heat has them struggling to survive.

Kathleen Deming
Macalester-Groveland

Pinto and Walz have failed us

Representative Dave Pinto (DFL-District 64B) is relying on political science when it comes to his votes in the Minnesota House, not real science. For more than a year, Pinto sided with Governor Walz’s extreme lockdowns and regulations that killed businesses in our community. Even with studies beginning to show that crushing lockdown measures had a negligible impact on the COVID-19 pandemic, Pinto refuses to admit he was wrong.

Because of Walz and Pinto, several pillars of our community are gone forever. This is not even considering the changed lives of our children who struggled their way through classes online. Now that students are returning in the fall, leftists like Pinto want to keep them in masks.

 

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Never again should one person be able to unilaterally force our entire state into chaos and confusion and financial loss in the manner that Tim Walz did when he forced the people of Minnesota to submit to his draconian rules and regulations. He stole the freedoms of hard-working Americans here in Minnesota, and we are still paying the price for it.

Enough is enough. State legislators must begin to rally around the articles of impeachment introduced against Walz for his extreme orders over the past year. Only when Walz is removed can our state begin to heal.

If you agree, please contact Representative Pinto and tell him that he needs to give up this charade and hold Walz accountable. He can be reached at 651-296-4199.

David Sepeda
Macalester-Groveland

Build resilient infrastructure

Our Minnesota business faces hardships due to severe weather and flooding. We distribute medical devices nationwide and need predictability in shipping, ports, trucking and rail. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. From wildfires out West to floods in the Midwest to hurricanes on the East Coast, every year our supply chains are disrupted, costing us and hurting people who need our products. That’s why we’ve joined the call for resilient infrastructure. Congress has passed a much-needed bipartisan infrastructure package, investing in roads, bridges, tunnels, rail and ports. However, with increasingly severe weather, these investments must be built to stronger standards. 

Thankfully, a bipartisan bill is gaining momentum in Congress. The Flood Resilience and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2021 would require federal agencies to consider the future effects of severe weather and flooding before spending money on infrastructure. It’s fiscally smart because it’s actually cheaper to build right the first time instead of constantly repairing damage. It also keeps our businesses, schools and homes protected. 

U.S. Representatives Dean Phillips and Pete Stauber cosponsored this legislation. Other members of the Minnesota delegation should follow their lead. It would help all of us if Congress embraced this legislation and built resilience into infrastructure.

Matt Steinrueck
Whittier, Minneapolis

HDC isn’t all that engaging

I received a “Summer 2021” flyer from the Highland District Council (HDC) in late July. In it , HDC president Michelle Doyle encourages “community engagement,” “active participation” and “welcoming meetings.” I do not find the HDC very welcoming when there is no way to reach any of the members of its board of directors.

Looking at the HDC website, one can find the board members’ names and perhaps a picture, but there is no way to contact them. No e-mail address. No phone number. I thought elections bring with them a certain amount of public openness. After all, the board members are supposedly speaking on the community’s behalf. How does the community reach them?

Unless you attend a monthly board meeting and speak for your allotted one minute, where is the “active participation” in matters that affect Highland? I would like to see community engagement at its best, a way to talk with the people who were elected to represent Highland.

Georgia Dietz
Highland Park

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