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Letters: Mountain trees and malls don't mix

November 21, 2013

Re "Bough wow," Nov. 19

That Steven Craig and other major mall operators pay $1,000 a foot to have these majestic trees ripped from the earth to be transplanted and die in shopping malls reeks of selfish greed. The true goal is to lure shoppers to spend on oftentimes unwanted and wasteful products, many made in China and other countries where we have sold out our workforce to those employed in the confines of sweatshops.

The true meaning of Christmas was lost many generations ago. Far more meaningful — and in place of these monster trees that have lost their oxygen-producing, carbon-consuming values — might be a smaller, locally grown tree next to a Nativity scene.

The thousands saved could then be used to help those in need, whether here or abroad.

Steve Tyler



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