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What value can trees have beyond money?

Re “SPI logs woods around tree-sitter” (Sept. 14):

Pity the poor, misguided youth who hoists his rosy-cheeked naivete into an ancient fir tree to protest the industrial degradation of the world. Perhaps he’s not lived long enough in a market milieu to understand there is nothing in this world that is not a commodity of some kind.



Forgive the errant young man. Apparently he suffers under the old illusion that things have some kind of intrinsic dignity or value beyond their price tag. Hasn’t he heard by now that the forest is nothing more than a cellulosic junkyard waiting to be milled into board feet? Besides, without a plentiful supply of pulp for the national tabloids, how do these tree-sitters expect us to keep up with Roseanne’s shifting love life?

At his tender age, he may find some ethereal beauty in the old giants, but what use is it? Let SPI and its shareholders prove to him there is really nothing lovelier than figures on a dividend check.




Craig Steiger

Nevada City


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