Chainsaws make community a little less beautiful

It’s these type of monopolies that leave me feeling – dare I say it – powerless. And used. And angry.

To the Editor,

Re: Hydro cleans up after tree-fall blunder, Sept. 24.

We had a similar experience with B.C. Hydro ‘trimming.’ Our lovely flowering tree that stood over 10 feet tall (but barely touched the lines) was felled to a pitiful stump. Sadly, we have no recourse since technically it was growing a little outside our property line. It took 10 years to grow, 30 seconds to cut down.

I’m not disputing the legality of this, just the compassion. B.C. Hydro is threatening to increase their bills 26.5 per cent. It’s these type of monopolies that leave me feeling – dare I say it – powerless. And used. And angry.

A step B.C. Hydro could take that might mollify me a bit would be to promptly discontinue using the tree butchers they hired from an out-of-town company and, next year, hire a local company that might care a bit more about the beauty of its community.

Valentina Cardinallivia e-mail