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Letter: Can't science save our pine trees?

John Wernet, of the DEC, holds a piece

John Wernet, of the DEC, holds a piece of bark that has a southern pine beetle attached in Hampton Bays, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

I'm profoundly sad that the battle against the southern pine beetle must include the cutting down of thousands of healthy trees ["Don't overdo tree cutting to stop the pine beetle," Editorial, Oct. 14].

There are poisons to kill people, ants, roaches, mosquitoes, etc. Why can't one of our genius researchers come up with a poison for those little beetles, instead of killing our beautiful trees?

Chester Parker, Fort Salonga