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'Weep for the Forest' 

Editor:

I am, of course, delighted that our local news reporters and a few dozen citizens could find a moment of joy in seeing Sugar Bear lying dead, prone on the bed of a big fuel consumptive truck (Calendar, Oct. 28). And I weep for the forest.

Why would we give a cutesy name to this massive and important denizen of our precious and imperiled forests and then cut it down so our nation can gasp at his size and beauty for about 20 days in a city 3,000 miles away? And what have we lost in doing so?

For the answer to that question I recommend any book by Suzanne Simard available at our local booksellers. The level of cluelessness involved in our consumptive "traditions" is what should make us gasp.

This winter plant a tree to express your holiday cheer or decorate a living tree in your yard or build a construction to stand in for a dead-living tree in your home or make a contribution to a forest conservation effort, but leave the conifers where they are growing their carbon sink. Are we not yet to the point where we can give up our flagrant wastefulness in favor of sustainable ways to experience joy?

P. Givins, Arcata

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