Many visitors to our city are amazed at our beautiful trees. After a visit to Brazil years ago, the greenery and trees of New Orleans impressed me even more than before the trip. Our magnificent trees are a treasure.

Several friends who live in Jefferson Parish have recently complained that the parish is cutting healthy trees to the ground. Is the parish paying tree removal companies to keep them busy? Perhaps others who have had this experience should be asking similar questions.

Ben Rauch retired shop owner

New Orleans