A washed-up comedienne wrote letters to Metro and the Oregon Zoo director, pleading for "elephant freedom", and the agitators crawl out from behind the baseboards.
And Porkland City Councillor Mandy Fritz wants to hire 7 more employees to ensure that the Council's policy to prevent private property owners from cutting down trees on their own land gets implemented. They passed that stupid policy a couple of years back, but they've never been able to get it running, due to lack of funding.
Mandy wants to make that happen.
If you cut down a tree on your property, you're supposed to replant - or pay the city of Porkland $650 per tree so they can come out to your place and plant new trees. Oh, and you'll have to buy a permit to cut, too.
Me, I've taken out 8 alders this past summer; most because they had crummy root systems and were leaning downslope, endangering the home of one of my neighbors. Sure, I could have waited for a windstorm or heavy snow to take them down, but they just re-sided and re-roofed, and put a new fence up. Waiting would have been irresponsible and caused needless damage.
And I took down a 30-inch diameter alder as well, not because it was doing any harm (other than shedding a ton of leaves every year) but because two of my neighbors complained that it shaded their gardens. Got a ton of firewood out of all of those trees, and no - I'm not replanting. And here's even worse news for Mandy: I'm taking out a couple more.
Get a life, Mandy - they're on my property, they're problematic, and they're mine, not yours.