Saturday, June 30, 2007

You've GOT to be kidding!

A local developer is in court to fight Montgomery County's decision not to allow him to remove 55 trees on property he just purchased on a bluff above the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in Maryland. He argues that, because his children are allergic to walnuts and hickory nuts, the Americans With Disabilities Act applies in this case. To protect his handicapped children the trees must be removed. He admitted in court that he had not seen the property before purchasing it. This case reminds me of what Mr. T. (he-of-big-gold-chain-necklaces-fame) did in my home town, Lake Forest, Illinois. He bought a mansion on a beautifully wooded lot near the lake and cut down every tree because of his allergies. Ha! He'd have to live inside a dome to avoid pollen in a town called Lake FOREST!!! If people don't want to live with nature, there are other options -- cities!

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