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My insurance company

Has calculated the odds

Of my lasting another year

To be good enough to risk

Sending me a new calendar.

As always, they’ve hedged their bet.

Ms. January advises exercise.

Other health tips follow.

I flip to Ms. December,

Who seems surprised to see me.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

Protect our trees

We are horrified by Oswego Lake Country Club’s request to cut down a forest of 197 trees in our community (“Country Club asks for permission to cut down 197 trees,” Dec. 24).

In actuality, this project involves the loss of 253 trees — 197 trees plus 56 trees that are considered invasive.

To be clear, the country club is not talking about dangerous or dying trees; they are primarily targeting inconvenient trees. This is not a landscaping problem; it is a shameless assault on our community’s natural resources. This mass tree-killing agenda is a local example of the “Dangerous Game” played by developers, which filmmaker Anthony Baxter describes in his powerful 2015 documentary (adangerousgamemovie.com).

We must insist that developers and especially our local leaders remember that trees are about habitat, not just for animals but also for all of us. We depend on their silent service to maintain the quality of our water, the quality of the air we breathe and the quality and value of our beautiful community.

With the California drought and the unpredictable effects of climate change at our doorstep, we can’t afford to lose so many iconic Oregon trees in our community, because one by one they will likely be lost forever.

Please speak up for the trees that serve our community. Stop this man-made path to natural disaster. Call your neighbors, friends, the country club and city leaders today and ask them to protect our treasured trees.

Linda Hartling, Ph.D., Mary Lansing and Lois Isbell

Lake Oswego

Improving playability

I want to propose an eco-friendly and affordable alternative to Oswego Lake Country Club’s proposal to cut down 197 trees (and 56 other, invasive trees) to “improve playability” on their golf course (“Country Club asks for permission to cut down 197 trees,” Dec. 24).

The country club could save an enormous amount of money by offering free golf lessons to their members, thus improving their players’ playability while saving our valuable Oregon trees!

Richard Slaven, Ph.D.

Lake Oswego

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