Your letters for Aug. 21

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Three people decided; on with the destruction

I live on Garrett Bay Road and I'm writing in response to correspondence I received from the town of Liberty Grove: They asked me to meet with them at a prescribed time on Monday to discuss the upcoming removal of trees.

As far as I know, everyone that will be impacted by the removal of trees on Garrett Bay Road received the same letter. When I read it, I wondered why would they want to talk to me. As far as I know, the decision has been made, the die is cast, the trees are marked and waiting for the chain saws, so what do they want to talk to me for?

Well, here it is: Two people from the town showed up and they wanted to discuss the one little tree that was too close to the road (in front of my property) and that it had to come down. So? What's to discuss? It's marked with orange spray paint and anyone north of Green Bay is well aware of what's going on with Garrett Bay Road. If it's their tree, take it down. If it's my tree, leave it alone! No, they said, it's in the right of way and it has to come down.

For Pete's sake, I have more important things to do than to take time out for a totally useless meeting with people who are going to destroy my road no matter how I feel about it. Haven't these officials tortured us enough? The Town Board in its infinite wisdom has made its decision, and we residents can do nothing about it, so let's get going boys, start hacking away. Git R done!

Honestly, I'll never understand the logic (or lack thereof) for the destruction of our rural beauty. They say it's unsafe, and I think that's ridiculous. I travel the road every day and rarely do I see anyone driving over 35 mph. I suggest they leave things the way they are and if it's so unsafe, then lower the speed limit to 25 mph. I can live with that.

A couple of years ago, we had a terrible storm that took down a lot of trees, in fact, Garrett Bay Road was impassable for three full days and we were without power for five. My attitude and that of my neighbors was this: If we live among the trees, we have to accept a few inconveniences. I didn't hear one complaint.

The beauty of Garrett Bay Road has been like it is for the last 150 years. It's why I live here, but now we have three people who know better and are going to change our road and our lives forever. Over the past few months, I've talked to literally hundreds of folks regarding the planned devastation of our road, and not one of them thought it made any sense.

What is interesting is that the non-residents think we can stop it. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's going to happen; the decision has been made. Gary Farber, Nancy Gross and John Lowry, just three people, have decided to destroy the beauty of Garrett Bay Road and even though the public outrage is glaringly apparent, they won't allow us, their constituents, to have any say about it.

Most would think that since there is such a public outcry, a referendum would be in order. Nope, not happening. So, Gary, Nancy, John, tee it up! I hope you're proud of yourselves and what you're doing for the people of Door County.

Jeff Bakke

Ellison Bay

Auxiliary thanks community

The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary wishes to thank all those who contributed to the success of the 53rd Annual House and Garden Walk held on July 30, 2013. It was a success, hosting approximately 1,000 people from all over our great state of Wisconsin and Illinois, and netting $34,000, all of which goes to the Ministry Door County Medical Center Inpatient Services and Emergency Room Addition.

A very special thank-you to each one of our committee chairs and co-chairs for their outstanding jobs throughout the year in preparation of the Walk and on the day of the Walk.

We also wish to thank our wonderful homeowners who were so kind in permitting us to showcase their beautiful homes and/or art school: Judie and Pete Van Bramer, Sturgeon Bay; Linda and Bart Sheard, Sturgeon Bay; Jeanne and David Kennedy, Egg Harbor; Marilyn and Jim Cushing, Ephraim; and Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek.

Our thanks also to our sponsors, newspapers, magazines and radio stations for the excellent coverage provided us, also, thanks to the staff at the Door County Visitor Bureau. Without all of your assistance, we could never have reached out to so many people.

And then, of course, there are our terrific volunteers, those who contributed their time as hostesses, cashiers, parkers and anyone else who donated their time to this event. You are all well appreciated and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to each and every one of you!

Mark your calendar: We'll see you next year on the last Tuesday of July 2014.


Chris Gaeth and Jane Harwood


53rd House and Garden Walk

Door County

Medical Center Auxiliary

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