Greenleaf Tree service cuts down trees on East Chester Avenue...

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

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