“You guys saw the trees,” Olerud said at the board hearing. “They’re not attractive trees. I would say they’re the kind of tree that only an arborist would love. …
“I’m just making the point that if you’re willing to cut down your own trees to maintain your view and yet you aren’t willing to offer that to your neighbor, how is that being a good neighbor?
“The Bible says, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.’ That’s Jesus’ commandment.”
To which Baker replied, “I truly believe you’re trying to be a good neighbor. That’s what’s so puzzling about this, that you think it’s being a good neighbor to cut down a tree that’s important to me that’s over 50 years old, and just leave a hole there.”
Olerud said he would be willing to buy a replacement tree that wouldn’t block his view.
That’s more than I usually like to excerpt, so please, click through and read the whole thing. You won’t be sorry. It’s perfect.
Lenny Dykstra is in jail for grand theft auto. Jose Canseco is blogging about steroids for Steroid.com. John Olerud is engaged in a very polite dispute (with vague existentialist overtones) over an unattractive neighborhood tree.