Letters to the Editor

Tree die-off article refreshing change

Congratulations to The Tribune for the front page article on mass tree die-offs by Lucas Clark. It was a refreshing departure from the usual blindness in this area.

Not once did the article use the term “climate change,” let alone the now-disfavored “global warming.”

Not once did the article even suggest this die-off was caused, directly or indirectly, by human activities. In fact, the article said that these phenomena are from “temporary changes in environmental conditions.”

Not once did the writer resort to emotional or hysterical tactics to bolster his conclusions.

Frankly, that a young professor with an ecology Ph.D. from UC Davis could publish such an even-handed, scholarly paper is surprising. There is hope for a return to fact-based, scientifically oriented studies.

Jon A. Hartz Sr., Arroyo Grande

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