Letters to the Editor

Letters from July 1, 2006

Silverdale Elementary

Save the trees

Twenty-five years ago, when Silverdale Elementary School was first built, some trees that were growing on the playground were left standing. Today they are still there but not for long. The Central Kitsap School District has plans to cut them all down this summer and they have already started by cutting down a few.

The students came back to school on a Monday this spring and went out to recess. When they saw what had happened to some of the trees they were horrified. The district had some trees and their stumps, along with old knee-high stumps, cut down and ground up. There were depressions in the ground where the trees used to be.

Some students started crying and ran off. Others picked up the remains of bark and roots only to bury them and make RIP (rest in peace) signs in the dirt. Some took one look and walked off. One student said, “It felt like the forest was bare without those certain trees.” The district took out a tree stump that students used as a cooking cauldron. Another tree they destroyed had a seat made out of its roots and made a perfect little home when kids played “Foxes.” A silver stump that they took out was worn smooth because for 25 years, kids had sat on it.

The district says that the tree roots are exposed and they’re a danger to the students. One student said, “My dad’s a teacher and I would come to school to visit him when I was only 2 years old. I would go onto the playground and play around the trees. Now, I go to this school, and for all the years I came to visit him and all the years I’ve come to school not one of the trees has fallen down.”

In the first week of May, the students of Silverdale Elementary School heard from our principal, Mrs. Palmer, that during the summer the school district planned to cut down the rest of the trees on our playground knoll. Since then a group of parents talked with each other and agreed to have an arborist look at the trees to see if the trees have the possibility of falling down. We, the students of Silverdale Elementary School, request that the all trees on the knoll be saved because we love to play in these trees every recess.

ROBERT HORTON,

fourth grade

ELIZABETH HORTON,

second grade

and 451 students and staff of Silverdale Elementary

July 4

Remember pets, take

precautions

Animal shelters will be packed for the next two weeks with lost and panic-stricken dogs and cats.

Despite warnings by veterinarians and animal control officers, many pet owners fail to take full precautions in shielding their dogs and cats against fireworks.

The best place for your dog or cat during the Fourth of July weekend is in your laundry room, den or garage, away from where the fireworks are set off.

Extra precautions are needed because the loud noises and bright explosions of fireworks can be terrifying to pets. Sometimes playing soft music will muffle the sound of fireworks.

Fireworks have a shocking effect on dogs and cats because their sense of hearing is much keener than man’s. Dogs sometimes chew restraining ropes; thick doors or jump fences in trying to escape. Automobiles strike some frightened animals that are fleeing their homes. An older dog or cat can die of a heart attack.

Dogs and cats should always wear a license and an I.D. tag. Each one ensures the life of your pet and might lead to the pet being reunited with his owner. Otherwise your once-cherished pet may face death at an overcrowded shelter. Very few pets are provided with a license or I.D. tag because the pet owner never anticipates their pet running away and getting lost.

Some cherished pets are lost forever during this traditional holiday. Others are found sometimes days and weeks later. To cope with the noise, many owners buy tranquilizers from veterinarians for their pets.

B.J. ALCORN

Vice president,

PAWS of Bremerton

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