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Ironically, while Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is wisely planting needed foliage in the North Point area, he and the county school board are planning to tear down 10 beautiful wooded acres of unique, forested parkland in Mays Chapel North ("Nearly 1,000 new trees planted in Baltimore County," July 18). The contradiction is astounding.

Mr. Kamenetz affirms quite correctly that "of all the strategies that make a difference in our environment, few are as effective as trees." Trees do indeed protect the county's watershed, reduce air and water pollution, trim energy costs and create an oasis of serenity and beauty in developed areas.

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So why is he deforesting parkland in Mays Chapel North so that a new elementary school can be built in an area where there are virtually no young children in the immediate neighborhood? This densely wooded enclave of trees creates all of the positive benefits that the executive supports and recognizes in Dundalk — but totally disregards in Timonium.

Penny Noval, Timonium

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