SAVE WESTMINSTER TREES
EDITOR'S NOTE: The state is planning to widen East Main Street in Westminster. To accomplish that, most of the trees along the street will have to be removed. A number of citizens oppose the project, especially if the trees -- part of the city's historic nature -- are removed. We have been asking readers if they think the street should be widened and if so, is it acceptable to remove the trees. We also are asking if they would prefer to see parking limited to only one side of the street as an alternative to the widening. Here are some of the replies we've received:
From: Dorothy Sadowski
Instead have free shuttles all day long from nearby malls to Main Street and back -- also between malls. Local businesses can pay toward it.
Study Dallas, Texas method of Bunny Hop buses.
Another suggestion: Usehigh school parking lots on weekends with shuttle service to Main Street. Both methods will bring business to Westminster.
From: Caprice Ericson
I oppose the project.
I don't see a need for it. I hope they preserve the historic look of the city.
From: Theresa D. Scarborough
Westminster shouldconcentrate its efforts on maintaining the quaint small town feelingthat it has.
Leave the roads and trees as they are. Not only for us, but also the environment.
From: Gloria C. Bader
No, the trees should not be cut down.
If the street does need to have parking limited to only one side, so be it. Trees take years to grow. They are essential to our well-being.
They give out oxygen, absorb noise and dust. Their roots hold soil together. Leaves provide shade and shelter to birds, animals and us poor frazzled humans.
Our eyes behold the beauty of the changing colors in the fall.
In Ethiopia it has become a dust bowl because of lack of trees. Rather harsh comparison to Carroll County.
But cutting down the trees on Main Street is a step in the wrong direction. We people need these trees.
Apart from the above mentioned contributions, Main Street trees provide stability. They are part of Westminster.
It is easy to destroy. We need to know that some things in this mixed up violent world are permanent. Trees, in their quiet, noble way, provide uswith a sense of peace and permanence.
Let them remain and live!
From: Joyce Bullock
I don't think the streetshould be widened unless it is absolutely necessary.
If it is widened we should only have parking on one side of Main Street. We should try and save at least one row of Main Street trees.
The trees that get cut down should be put to good use, like sold for firewood or ground up into wood chips. Then the people of Carroll County can buy the wood and chips and that money can be used to maintain the trees still standing.
From: Virginia Lee Prins
Please, please don't destroy the charm and quaintness of Westminster.
One only has to remember Joyce Kilmore's beautiful poem, "Trees." Ittells it all!
Change parking to one side. No widening.*
From: Aliki McDonald
I would prefer having Westminster maintain its historical nature and small-town atmosphere.
I'm sure there are alternative ways of dealing with the problem of parking.
From: Walter M. Talbott Jr.
I think the wideningof Main Street will seriously damage the historic look of Westminster.
We do not need it. So tell the state to keep hands off. Make one side of the street parking.
From: Nina L. Strucko
Recently, we moved to a lovely court in Westminster.
The day we drove in to our street, we were greeted with a winter wonderland of snow-laden trees. It was beautiful.
There are many streets where no trees live and they look barren compared to ours. Trees add charm and beauty -- they give shelter from the sun and nourishment forthe soul.
They are priceless living works of art.
Please do not let anyone remove them from Westminster.
The street is wide enough.
Study the alternatives and save the trees.
From: Shirley E. Shipley
I think parking on just one side of the street would be acceptable so as not to destroy the country, historic mode of Westminster.
Also, I would be concerned that the widening of the street would start a trend toward other projects detrimental to the atmosphere.
From: Amy Newman Smink
Part of the charm of Westminster is the mature trees.
The trees address the issue of time, the fact that some things do not change, despite the fact we grow and we live in a world of change.
My generation is all about change. It makes me sad at heart to see so many changes in the things around me.
Feelings of powerlessness and being unimportant consume me as I ask, "Who makes these decisions?"
I experienced my high school years in Westminster. Then, I moved away.
Now, 17 years later, I return and as I walk to one of my favorite restaurants on East Main I feel strong, safe and a sense of belonging.
I agree to the replacing of those trees that must be removed. I also vote for limited parking as a way to save the trees.