Our local paper is running a three-part series on social promotion in our schools. The crux of their reporting is that students are being promoted when they should be retained and that they are receiving passing grades when they should be flunked. Not exactly news.
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Back in 2006 I had a post about this Saguaro Cactus that was in a neighbor's front yard. This was the biggest Saguaro that I have ever seen up close. It was about thirty feet tall and had thirteen arms. Using those figures, the plant must have been at least one hundred-thirty years old. It was there more than a century before the house was built.
Last week, I noticed that a couple of arms had fallen off the plant. I don't know if this was natural causes, vandalism or the work of the owner. In any event, the rest of the plant looked okay to me.
Over the weekend, the old man who lives in the house had a couple of guys cut it down and haul it away. This is akin to chopping down a giant redwood that happened to be growing in your yard.
Saguaro blossom is the official flower of the State of Arizona and the cacti is on the native plant list, which means it cannot be cut down on public land or private land.
If a Saguaro happens to be in the path of a highway, it must be removed. If a land developer wants to clear land for houses, they must relocate the Saguaros on the property. In fact, the only people who can destroy a Saguaro without fear of prosecution, are homeowners who can remove Saguaro from their own property. So, I guess the guy who cut this one down is home free. He's an imbecile, but he's home free in the eyes of the law.
Yes, I know that I, Merle Wayne Sneed only recently chopped down a tree in his own front yard. Not the same thing at all.
If you have Google Earth software, you can find the intersection of E. Rosewood St. and N. Sahuara Ave. in zip code 85711 and it shows a cool shadow of the Saguaro in the image if you zoom in on the house in the NW corner.
Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky