Tree abuse

Your recent editorial comment “Trees worth a hammock ban” brought to mind the grotesque mutilation of old-growth oaks and magnolias lining our city streets, solely to accommodate the profusion of power lines littering the landscape.

Surely hammock-abraded bark fades into insignificance given the injuries our trees suffer from power-saws wielded by electric utilities, not to mention the destruction of the richly forested Interstate 26 median.

Charleston City Council is rightly concerned about preserving the natural ambiance and beauty of our peninsular parks for our citizenry and tourists but has overlooked the ecological and visual blight inflicted on less prosperous precincts of our city.

I am dismayed by your selective approach to editorial responsibility, which bypasses the more substantive issue that cries out for debate.

ADAM SMOLKA

Rushland Mews

Johns Island