From the Sunday Times-News letters to the editor (note that this letter was sent in before last week’s council election):
‘Slash and burn’
To the editor: Driving along North Highland Lake Road, past The Park, I realized that soon I may no longer see a mature canopy of trees here. The willows and oaks nearing maturity will be bulldozed down to make way for tons of asphalt, concrete and some saplings.
The disruption of the waterway will take years to recover. This old “slash and burn” behavior, which we abhor in the rainforest and rejected in most places decades ago, is alive and well in Flat Rock to satisfy an “I want” attitude.
Let’s face it, most Flat Rock taxpayers will not live to see what they plant today reach even close to a mature canopy. All for an NCDOT project given a zero for safety issues.
We talk of “sustainability,” but that requires that we respect our environment, and in this case our beautiful park. What is a park, anyway? I say it is not just playgrounds and water fountains. It is nature and trees!
Darlene Miller, Flat Rock