Thursday, January 13, 2011
I am ready, even in this cold weather to tie myself to a tree! Want to join me?
Note: Wimberley area resident Roberta Shoemaker-Beal sent this letter in response to the Jack Hollon commentary below.
Send your comments and news tips to email@example.com, to Ms. Shoemaker-Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the "comments" button at the bottom of the story
To the Editor:
I always appreciate Jack Hollon's sense of civic guardianship for the Wimberley Valley, a gateway to the Hill Country of Texas. For me he is a hero and a “grey head,” one who senses what is important, due to his study and history of a bio-region. The Wimberley Valley seems to be a complex eco-geologic system which too few understand.
It also increasingly concerns, actually shocks me, that our elected officials do not inform citizens, whom they know to be concerned about the Wimberley Valley, that such mass destruction is pending on our main scenic gateway road in to our unique bio-region.
Jack Hollon’s well documented and reflective writing needs to be posted on every tree so that those un-aesthetic and uncaring folks who aid and abet the destruction of the very values that draw people to the Hill Country, and especially the Wimberley Valley, in the first place. Ranch Road 12 used to quicken my heart coming home to Wimberley. In the last two weeks, it has wounded my heart, my aesthetic sense and my hope for the future of our beautiful little corner of the world.
How can anyone be so callous as to NOT inform caring citizens about this impending destruction of the gateway to the Hill Country? I have been chided for becoming a conspiracy theorist about politics locally? Yet, one wonders if someone is manipulating the construction schedules to take advantage of the transitions in government? I am beginning to think that the elected officials of Hays County are working against the very values that many of us hold dear: the beauty of our corner of the Hill County.
How can one "over-weight and over-width load of industrial equipment, being transported north by Starline Heavy Haul, Inc. of Alberta, Canada" get away with the destruction of a "signature tree?" Are there no protections in place against such blatant scenic and historic destruction? Why not?
Again, why have those wanting to protect the scenic value, and, even the property values of our valley, not been informed that further destruction was planned? I am sure the non-running creeks of this valley have already had a lowering effect from unchecked property development. There is a big difference between maintaining roads and up-grading them for construction trucks!
Why? Is it because concerned Hill Country folk are being discounted as "old" and" behind the times," and not acceptant of "you-can’t-stop-growth-ism." Growth at what cost to us all? Why? Is it because the folks in Wimberley can get very organized when informed and were very successful in a protest against taking down RR 12 oak trees before? Because of the True Ranch meeting that drew 200 people and lasted for many hours, demonstrating the concern we all have? Yes, a community meeting is long overdue.
Many "grey heads" from the Wimberley Valley tried to warn Patrick Rose of the cost of his "real estate background" to our region. He did not listen. Perhaps, that will be the future of other "young bucks" who do not really care about our Hill Country in the long term, and who plan to sell us all out, and move on.
May we replace them with elected officials who can do their job better than those in office now, while we try and limit the damage of their short-sightedness immediately? I am ready, even in this cold weather to tie myself to a tree! Want to join me? But, first, I will go to a Hays County Commissioners meeting next Tuesday morning, if they cannot come across the county to us? Thanks for your excellent article. It resonates with just about everyone I know around here.
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 3:20 PM