In their recent Chicago Tribune op-ed (“To Fight Climate Change, the City Must Maintain Tree Roofs,” June 22), Daniela Pereira and Naomi Davis highlight their frustration when many urban dwellers realize they have large trees outside their homes for decades. The city demolished without their knowledge or consent.
Chicago’s approximately 45,000 ash trees are an important part of the tree canopy. Yet, for the past four years, the city has neglected to ensure that these large, mature trees are kept alive so that they can continue to provide public benefits and mitigate the effects of the weather.
Volunteer civil advocates with Save Your Ash Coalition Chicago have urged the city to restore funds to keep Chicago’s ash trees alive by treating them with emerald ash borer, the beetle that inflicts the ash. During the city’s budget hearing last October, we were disappointed to hear from Chicago’s Bureau of Forestry officials that treatment for ash trees had been deliberately stopped, leaving them to die.
The arbitrary removal of trees by the Alderman and the Department of Water, as well as the release of ash trees by the city, is an environmental and health disaster.
Recently, the city agreed to draft a request for a proposal to hire experts to treat ash trees in the city. This is good news for Chicago’s tree canopy and residents, but the city needs to fund and treat the ashes this year. Ignoring the treatment this year means thousands more trees will die unnecessarily.
Ash trees need to be treated every three years to manage the incidence of ash borer, which literally starves the trees. Treated ash plants can live a full life. Still, the last time Chicago treated ash trees was in some neighborhoods in 2018 or earlier. Current window for treatment 30 Sept. Will close and city officials say they can’t meet this year’s deadline to treat all ash trees in the city.
This meant more residents were coming home on stumps that were once shaded by large ash trees and provided with clean and cool air and avoided flooding.
Chicago should expedite the proposal to hire tree treatment experts to save our magnificent ash trees throughout the city This year – Before it’s too late.
– John Friedman, Karen Deter, Laura Sabransky and Nancy Wade, Save Your Ash Coalition, Chicago
There is so much going on that slapping and shouting so that someone will feel something good. Take a breath and think about what you can do personally. Let the political process work for seemingly big solutions. What we can all do is potentially more powerful.
People, especially young people, have been left alone for the past few years and are beginning to feel impotent. And it’s not just them; Most of us are tired of seeing the world on fire and the bad guys plotting to do bad things. Let’s take time to get to know each other as human beings. People who have different beliefs, goals in life, interests, even different favorite sports teams. The difference does not create or suggest motivation or intent.
Let’s give others the benefit of the doubt and listen to learn and explore similarities. Let’s find ways to work towards shared goals and outcomes. Don’t insist that you have the only way.
It would be better if our leaders calmed down their denigration. Toke do not do justice to the tools. It is this attitude that has brought us to this rugged and divided country. Change begins with each of us. It’s not easy; The reaction or innate response just feels too good, and yet it just makes it worse.
We should focus on respecting others and not disrespecting them. We know what we want to happen. Recognize that problems are often more complex than they seem, and simple solutions often have unintended consequences. Working together and helping each other can solve many of our challenges. It starts with each of us being personally responsible for how we proceed.
Stop listening to provocations rather than thinking. Smile a little more when you see other people and do the little things that previous generations taught us about reaching out and helping others.
– Ralph Beck, Evanston
Reading Ron Grossman’s article about the back porches of Chicago apartments (“Porches for Playgrounds,” July 3) reminded me of the summer of 1960 when I decided to make some money working as a fuller brush salesperson during the summer holidays as a college student. , Selling household brushes, brooms, mops and other cleaning supplies. The sales area I assigned included the Rogers Park neighborhood, which had several apartment buildings, including the gray porch described by Grossman. I realized early in my sales career that it was useless to ring the front door bell in those apartment buildings because people didn’t want to make a noise in an unfamiliar scene or walk down the stairs to see who was there.
However, by going to the back of the building and ringing the doorbell on the porch of each apartment, I was able to make immediate face-to-face contact with my potential customer in the apartment’s kitchen. I then offered a free vegetable brush to start the conversation, which cost 3 cents for me, and proceeded to pitch my sale.
That summer, I did a lot of sales on that gray back porch in Rogers Park.
– William Nissen, Lake Bluff
Ron Grossman’s piece on the back porch brings back to this reader some fond memories of the Uptown area of the 1940s.
Summer means long games of monopoly, checkers, go fish and war games from the newslets seen in the movies.
My favorite was the “Wonder Woman” played by the children in the apartment, in which I acted as a star. A piece of clothing acts as a golden lasso.
Those were the days!
– Carol Bogard, Oak Lawn
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