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We need to respect and preserve Laconia's existing treasures

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to Michael Kitch's Tuesday article concerning the oak tree on Union Avenue. Cafua Management has already taken one of Laconia's historic landmarks from us when it razed Hathaway House instead of respecting the wishes of many dedicated citizens who wanted it preserved. The oak was not an issue for Dunkin' Donuts, or even the Dairy Queen, which has stood there for longer. Planning Director Saunders was right to back the Planning Board in stipulating that the oak remain.

Laconia may need revitalization, but in order to return it to the glory it once knew, we need to be able to respect and preserve its existing treasures in the process of adding new ones. I urge the Planning Board to continue to protect this oak and find some way to diminish its hazardous status. There must be a way to compromise without losing this natural treasure.

Angela D'Onofrio
Laconia

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I'm dismayed by Laconia's cavalier treatment of majestic oaks

To The Daily Sun,

My opinion may not count for much, since I am a resident of Gilford, but I should like to express my dismay at Laconia's cavalier treatment of its majestic oaks.

First it was the Perley Oak — 400 years old. No matter, its days are numbered. Cut it down! Fortunately that decision was rescinded.

Now that wonderful oak on Union Avenue. Its days, too, are numbered, as are yours and mine. It blocks the view, no matter that it is itself part of "The View" on an increasingly commercial and undistinguished Union Avenue. Cafua Management cares not for Laconia and does what it wishes, promises and conditions notwithstanding.

Is it not time for the City of Laconia to assert itself, require that Cafua Management move that exit, remove the impervious pavement around the tree, and let us enjoy that remnant of an earlier time as long as the tree itself shall live?

Barry Dame
Gilford

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