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Joyce Coomer: Ugliness on the Cumberland Parkway
Costly, unnecessary, government-sponsored assault on the naturally most beautiful parkway in America- EW/CM
"I believe I experienced every negative emotion from vengeful wrath to profound sorrow to the depths of despair on my travels this weekend, as well as a few negative emotions for which I have no names." - JOYCE M. COOMER
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By Joyce M.Coomer
Between now and Friday afternoon, I have traveled on the Cumberland Parkway from Russell Springs to Glasgow. The scenery was not as beautiful as it could have been.
Sometime in the past week, the roadsides were sprayed with herbicides. I have never seen such a mess.
Not only is there unsightly dead foliage, the roadsides have been sprayed so haphazardly that the foliage is dead in random spots.
The heights of dead foliage are from ground level to 20 to 30 feet high. There are swaths 100 feet long that have dead or dying leaves.
There are swaths that appear to be untouched by poisons. Then there are spots hither and yon of poisoned foliage at varying heights, adding further to the unsightliness of the roadsides.
I understand that trees growing into the roadway is not a good thing. What I cannot understand is why government, which purports to be concerned about its citizens, does this uncaring spraying of herbicides.
I have never liked boom mowers but at least when they are used, the foliage is trimmed fairly evenly and there are no residual poisons to contaminate the ground and water supplies for years to come.
I believe I experienced every negative emotion from vengeful wrath to profound sorrow to the depths of despair on my travels this weekend, as well as a few negative emotions for which I have no names.
My heart aches.
Joyce M. Coomer
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