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Guest Opinion: Hillview student says loss of trees, more traffic at Oak Knoll School would damage community
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on Apr 23, 2008
I was horrified to hear of the impending Oak Knoll plan and the implications that it would create.
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posted Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 12:00 AM
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Posted by An 8th Grade Hillview Student
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Maddie, you're awesome, and I hope you know who's writing this right now!
I will admit: when I read Menlo Mom's first comment, I wrote a very angry letter at 11 o'clock at night that expressed my opinions on how a thirteen year old could be accused of a being a forty year old and spoke my stubborn argument about cutting down heritage trees. It was a VERY angry letter, and I'm glad that I was smart enough to think that night, "I'm not going to submit this now, because I'm extremely tired and I may have said more than I really want to." That was a smart decision.
But wait! Hear me out!
I have skimmed over most of these comments. Some say, "You're insane, Maddie! How could you possibly say that? What lunatics have influenced you?" Others compliment, "We applaud you for your bravery!" and continue to either politely point out the conflicts or support their reasoning for agreeing. There are, of course, the more later comments, "Why on earth are we fighting over a tree?"
A tree, though it may seem single and unimportant, is worth fighting for.
Some people ask, "Why? Why not sacrifice the tree? Why when we should concentrate on the education our kids are getting?" This is why:
Number 1: a single tree is like a Native American tribe. We go back about two hundred years when the westward movement was rapidly gathering momentum, and within the next fifty years we have covered the entire continent and left the natives without any land of their own. Well, okay, we tried to share land and mark off reserves... etc., etc... but look how long that lasted. Why did we take all this land? Because we were greedy Americans. Not us, the current generation, but, for some of us, our ancestors. However, if you look at the counrty as a whole, most Americans are, by comparison, extroadinarily spoiled. Especially those of us that live here in Menlo Park or Atherton. Just like the people one hundred and fifty years ago, we are greedy for more land. But, instead of kicking people off of their properties, we cut down trees to make more room. Now, a tree may not be a person, but it is a living thing that provides homes for millions of insects and birds, adn even those pesty squirrels who raid your gardens. I know, I know... those squirrels are annoying, and so are wasps and yellow jackets, but they were put on this planet just like we were- therefore, they have just as much of a right to be here as we do. In fact, I'd say that they have more of a right. They're not polluting the planet- are they?
Was that two points, or one? Oh well, you can decide.
Number 2: If Global Warming keeps heating up our home at this rate, it's not going to be here within the next one thousand years. Wether you believe it's entirely our fault or if we're just speeding up the process, that's the way it's going to be. But we can let our home last a little longer- we just have to do our best to stop the pollution now and find better ways of transportation (already being done) and using our other sources of technology. One way to start- keeping these trees alive!
My personal opinion on the issues of the neighbors: I believe that, in order for this plan to go through, no one who lives near the school is going to be happy. What needs to be done is the best compromising possible. And please, forgive me if you disagree. I am only a fourteen year old, and I'm still learning and trying my best to understand the world. But I do, just better in some ways than in others. For instance, I have firm and stubborn opinions about global warming, but I don't know a thing about politics.
My last comment: This may be an important issue, but, honestly, we shouldn't be snarling at each other because of it. That is what many people are saying, and it's true. I'd like to compliment everyone who has made a comment- it's good to share your opinions. For those of you who have been somewhat impolite, maybe you'll think differently next time. We need to respect each other, and our opinions. I'm sure you all know that, and, just like me and anyone older than younger than myself, you just need to be reminded sometimes. Do not take any of this as an insult- I'm not here to offend anybody. I'm just here to express my opinions.
You can listen to me, or you may choose not to.
Yes, I am only fourteen, and maybe I havent' seen much of the world yet...
But I have feelings and concerns about it, too.