Letter: Tree fort trouble

I sympathize with Parker Christie and his cohorts, but I encourage them to consider themselves fortunate.

Re: Tree fort destruction angers youth (Chilliwack Progress Readers Write; March 4.

I sympathize with Parker Christie and his cohorts, but I encourage them to consider themselves fortunate.

About 10 years ago (a time before personal electronic-games), my eight year old son and his cohorts played outside, each day, under and in, the huge climbing and sitting-on boughs of a hundred-year-old oak. One day, one of the cohorts nailed a board on this oak. The next day, a Chilliwack bylaw enforcement person knocked on my door and threatened to charge me with breaching bylaw No. 3290. I was directed to remove the nailed board immediately, under this person’s scrutiny, or I would be summoned to court to pay a $10,000 fine. Obviously, I removed the nailed board immediately. But the very next week, a Chilliwack City crew cut down the hundred-year-old oak.

B. A. Stephenson,

Chilliwack