Viewpoint - February 16, 2011

Letter: Roots of redwood lost in dispute will live on

I wrote to the Menlo Park City Council members when I first learned about the dispute over the redwood tree on University Drive.

I thought there was still hope after the council first voted 3-2 in favor of saving the tree, but the following meeting new members voted the tree down.

I am so saddened by the whole saga. How could people be so blind that they could only see dollars lining their pockets and not the beauty of the magnificent tree? It weathers droughts and crowding and still flourished into something lovely which many admired day after day.

Whoever ends up owning the enormous future house will hear the history of that tree from the neighbors. How they loved it and tried to save it, but lost because they were no match for powerful speculators. That story will be told over and over again. It will never be forgotten. It will be part of that house and land for evermore.

Down deep in the earth, no matter how deeply they excavate, some roots will remain to remember the glory that once was theirs.

Idamaria Knights, Walnut Avenue, Atherton


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