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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
   Our trees are dying – Learn to save them.
    If you're lucky enough to live, work, or play in north Georgia, you're probably aware that much of what makes this area so special is its trees, especially the evergreens. They contribute to the beauty, privacy, and value of our homes and neighborhoods; cover our mountains with lush forests that support thousands of jobs related to tourism and recreation and produce millions of dollars in revenue; provide food and habitat for many birds and animals, shade for native plants, and cool temperatures for trout streams; help maintain the biodiversity of the ecosystem and protect air and water quality; and create special places that refresh our bodies and restore our spirits.
    But you may or may not be aware that one of our most majestic and iconic evergreen trees, the hemlock, is dying by the millions because of a tiny invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, that literally sucks the life out of them in as few as three to six years. The BAD news is unless individuals take timely action to save these trees, we may be facing a disastrous loss on the scale of the American Chestnut.
    The GOOD news is you can treat and save as many of your own trees as you choose. It’s safe, easy enough for most people to do themselves, highly effective, and surprisingly economical, especially compared to the cost of losing the trees. And volunteers can help save the hemlocks in our national forests and state lands too.
    To learn how YOU can help preserve the beauty, health, and economic vitality of our community, please attend the hemlock training offered by Save Georgia’s Hemlocks in Calhoun on Saturday, October 29 at the Gordon County Fire Station #6 on Cash Rd. This is the final class this year in your area, so please call 706-429-8010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and registration.
    Save Georgia’s Hemlocks is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving, conserving, and restoring endangered hemlocks through education and charitable service. Please visit our web site or call the Hemlock Help LineSM 706-429-8010.

Respectfully submitted, Donna Shearer


Dear Editor:
I would like to express my opposition to the proposal to exempt senior citizens from paying school taxes in Pickens County.... 


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