(Re: “City gears up for reconstruction of Ransom Street,” Jan. 27, 2011) Well, here we go again!

Regarding the three-year plan to reconstruct Ransom Street, Travis Drake explains in a recent paper blurb ”that the reconstruction plan aims to save as many trees as possible, but than an arborist identified a number of trees in poor condition that need to be removed.”

Well, duh! That’s like taking your five-year-old luxury car with low miles on it to the local automobile dealership and asking, “Do you think I should get a new car?”

Of course, an arborist (tree cutter for those of us who aren’t wordsmiths) will want to take down as many trees as he can expose to his saws.

As a Ransom Street property owner who has a vested interest in keeping the neighborhood beautiful in my lifetime, I resent the idea that you cannot repair the street without another tree cutting boondoggle. ...

If the recent property tax reassessment debacle is any measure of this project, Ripon will go from the “City of Trees” to the “Treeless City of Taxation.”


— Michael Reinsch

806 S. Grove St.

To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 10, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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