In response to the article ("Palm trees would get protections under ordinance," The Daily News, Aug. 12): I'm so glad Galveston is finally seeing the beauty of the palms on Galveston Island.

After Hurricane Ike, when the trees died on Broadway, it was so beautiful to see the openness on Broadway with the majestic palms. It was a special inviting island look to Broadway. When you planted the oaks and other trees there, it choked out the palm look of an island.

You would not have had the cost of planting and the maintenance of keeping them cut back for traffic.

My hope is that if another storm takes out the oaks, that you will only replace them with palms and an occasional oak.

Mildred E. Cook



(3) comments

Gary Miller

I think trees are more attractive than grass. Palms are just big forms of grass that roaches love to inhabit. They get ratty looking if not trimmed regular. My favorite tree is the bald cypress. Insect free and filtered shade during the summer. No mess when leaves are dropped in winter.

Christopher Smith

I disagree completely. The palms aren't native and they provide almost no shade. The palms are really just for the tourists so they can feel like they are in some tropical paradise. Oaks were here before there was a city of Galveston and I hope they continue as long as there is land for them to grow on.

Miceal O'Laochdha

It seems more appropriate for Ms. Cook to be requesting that all the oak trees be killed off in Dickenson and replaced with her beloved palms, since that is where she lives...

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