I drove along South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview and saw workers cutting down trees south of the Northern State Parkway.
I was shocked and dismayed and immediately called the Town of Oyster Bay, which said it was a county project. I called Nassau County, and the Department of Public Works told me it was part of a "beautification" program. How can the loss of so many trees in a suburban area be beautification?
Do government officials ever ask why so many people are leaving Long Island?
I can live with the high taxes, I can live with the political infighting, and with the embarrassment I feel for our government officials. And I can live with much more. But I can't live without trees.
It's only a matter of time before "beautification" turns our little towns into Manhattan, Forest Hills or some other city landscape!
Patricia Cohen, East Norwich