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Letter: The birds are still there

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A great horned owl nesting on the Shenandoah Life property.

Cheers to those long-standing “Save The Woodlands @ Shenandoah Life” yard signs. They still dot lawns everywhere in the neighborhoods surrounding Carilion’s “Park View” property. It’s been a year since plans to sell and level the woods for profit were made public and people like me have not forgotten.

The outcome seems clear and it will be a sad day when the bulldozers arrive. I’ve noticed though for now the owls are back nesting. Red-tailed hawks keep perching atop those beautiful old pines. Brown-headed nuthatches keep chattering in tall trees. Walking the trails there reminds me that we are not the measure of all things.

The yard signs remain in protest at a time when it seems never more important to speak up.




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