To the editor: Let me make clear the Pioneer Cabin Sequoia was not killed by recent storms. This magnificent tree that had been growing for more than 1,000 years was put to a slow, drawn out death by short-term thinking, greedy people who could only see an opportunity to make money by carving the tree's heart out so tourists could drive their cars through it.
Those who created this "tourist attraction" killed the tree slowly.
We appear to be a nation of short-term thinkers, and people who take the long view seem to be in the minority. I wonder why humans can't simply see the beauty of nature as it exists. Rather, they need to "improve" it or "make it into a profit center" Why can't a millennium-old tree just be valued because it exists?
I fear for the future of our planet as the short-term thinkers appear to be winning.
Ed Hieshetter, San Diego