4-H is a valuable tool for area youths, and we thank everyone locally who makes it possible.
To anyone responsible for vandalizing trees in Oneonta.
Two young trees on Division Street and one on Elm were vandalized recently, prompting action by city Environmental Board Chairman David Hutchison.
“It’s been going on for years,” he said, but he got so angry he reported it to the city police.
In recent years, several hundred have been planted in parking areas and medians, and the city offers free tree planting to those who meet criteria and want trees on their property.
The city is encouraging residents to prevent vandalism by leaving a porch light on around newly planted trees or discouraging people around them from harming the trees.
Trees make the city a better place in which to live. If the vandals are caught and found guilty, we hope the judge sentences them as Hutchison suggested — make them plant trees.