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I recently sent an email to West Coast Arborists (WCA) regarding their trimming of trees. They responded with the fact that someone criticized their work in the Alameda Sun (“Many Trees in Town ‘Broom’ for Spring,” April 3). It is so sad when the critics, no matter what their qualifications or motivations, are louder than those who give praise.
This is the third trimming of a tree in front of our home on San Jose Avenue. The first was a lone man with a clipper on a pole, got branches he could reach; second was a crew but who barely did anything; then this crew who trimmed the tree both for safety and for health of the tree. It also let in some sun to our roses in our front garden. 
I told the foreman I was so surprised and pleased. I don’t know what the commentary you have published said or the author’s concerns. I can only guess one who believes trees should be wild? Only trim dead twigs? In any case, these are not trees in a forest but along city streets.  
And this trimming is healthy for the tree, safer for the buildings around the tree and lets in some sun to the gardens below it. I hope you will print this letter along with the criticisms.

— Rev. R.W. Ackley


I’ve written this to the paper before, but, Alameda is a misnomer. The word means “tree-lined street” in Spanish? Please. To this city, trees are nothing but a hassle and another expense. In this era of climate change, can’t we get Alameda Municipal Power to underground the wires, leave the trees alone and start a program to plant more trees?

— Coho Jerkins


We were delighted to read news all the way from California about the ESU National Shakespeare Competition! (“EHS Hosts Shakespeare Monologue Competition,” Jan. 9) 
The National second-place winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, Va., home to the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. 
We’re sending our best wishes to all the Alameda students competing on Feb. 1!


Kim Newton, American Shakespeare Center