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From Dana Myslinsky

By Staff | Apr 3, 2013

As a child everyone is exposed to the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. It is debatable if Washington really did deliver the fatal blow to his father’s beloved tree. As the story goes, Washington nobly confessed and responded that he, “could not tell a lie.” Many agree that the story was created to illustrate Washington’s honesty and integrity.

This leaves me wondering, who cut down New Martinsville’s “cherry trees?” These gifts of nature lined our Main Street, shaded our local businesses, and were the quintessential symbol of small town America. It has broken many citizens’ hearts to see them so hastily removed. I am shocked to not have seen mention of this in our local newspaper. I believe our citizens deserve honesty and integrity regarding whose decision this was. George Washington is not here to take the blame for this one.

Nelson Henderson is quoted saying, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” I am disappointed that future generations will not have the opportunity to bask under the shade and whimsy of Main Street trees. I only hope that some good will come from this and our community will gather together to plant more seeds.


Dana Myslinsky

Charleston, W.Va.