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Letter: Tree removal poorly considered

Greenleaf Tree service cuts down trees on East

Greenleaf Tree service cuts down trees on East Chester Avenue in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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