"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Residents of Lake Oswego are well aware that last summer the city spent an inordinate amount of money "beautifying" the entry to the local municipal par 3 golf course. Drought resistant natives were summarily ripped out and annuals and plants needing irrigation were planted adjacent to 3 lovely Manzanita trees. I noticed that irrigation was put in place and daily watering commenced. I called the Parks and Recreation department to voice my concerns about the well being of the Manzanita trees as it is well known that Manzanita trees require well drained soil and will not thrive if over watered as they are very drought resistant. I was assured that the watering was past the trees drip line. This spring it was obvious that two of the three trees were dying. I talked with one of the Parks Maintenance employees and he admitted that indeed the city had "killed the trees by over watering". A few weeks ago I saw that one of the trees had "disappeared". It had been cut down. I never saw a notice of the potential removal or permit posting and I go by this site several days a week. So my question is this: Is the city not required to follow the rules that we residents have to follow? It seems to me that hypocrisy rules here in Lake Oswego. Below are photos of what is left.
Entry to golf course- note annuals in lower right corner.
One of the remaining Manzanita trees. Even though it is now October the irrigation is still turned on. This Manzanita tree is very stressed and may not live another year.
A picture is worth a thousand words. No permit was ever observed before the tree was removed.
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein
Brick by brick The snug little house was built Blowhard safe ~~~~~~~~~~~~ There once was a guy named Clay Who loved to make bricks all day Til one sunny morning Without any warning He left for Spain to make whoopay ~~~~~~~~~~
As I read the news and sip my coffee I am appalled at the state of affairs Mis-using their powers-they sure don't care Scandalous leaders are white collar crooks They are far too busy cooking the books I fantasize a hilarious simple solution Let's take those papers and swat them like flies! Watch them run with their power red ties No possible escape for these pesky 'festations Lets swat them all with our frustrations Sweeping them into a deep dark corner There won't be any hired mourners Lets toss the lot into the dust bin These so called leaders committed a terrible sin They thought our money was theirs to keep. Swat them again til they're in the BIG sleep.