I have been following the removal of downtown trees to make way for the Grand Prix with much interest. The entire incident saddens me as much as the removal of a huge number of trees in my community. A member of the board of directors in my development thinks trees are a bother because they get old and sick and die; then they have to be removed. How to deal with that mindset is baffling.

I could not even get a return phone call from the representative for Randallstown who works in the Baltimore County Executive's office. Baltimore County government is just as bad as the city when it comes to saving trees. Shame on our county executive.

As Theodore Roosevelt once observed, "A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless."

Adrienne Shriner, Randallstown