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What your article on the trees did not mention, and what City Attorney Pete Holmes has not taken into account, is the years it takes for replanted trees to grow back to where the existing trees were when they were cut down [“City considers felony charges in illegal West Seattle clear-cut,” Local News, March 29].

Yes, you can put a value on the trees, but you cannot put a value on the years it will take for the new trees to grow back. This act, done just for personal views, is so egregious that only fines is not enough. Not only did this clear-cutting create a possible serious erosion factor for years to come, but also denied neighbors the beauty of looking at full-grown trees.

Jack Aubrey, Shoreline