Irony of Earth Day photo op by Scott Willman
Regarding your front page photo in the April 22 edition of the Star Journal showing state and county employees celebrating Earth Day, I was struck by it’s irony on several levels:
1) Either it took nine public employees to plant one tree, or it took one public employee to plant one tree and eight others to watch and take credit for it.
2) Unless these public employees were on their own time and arrived at the courthouse in their own vehicles, it must have cost the taxpayers a fortune for that one tree.
3) I can’t help but wonder about how much fossil fuel was burned to gather all these public employees in one spot to plant one tree.
If the purpose of this photo op was to inspire people and set an example as to how to save the planet, it failed miserably.
Scott Willman, Three Lakes
Editor’s note: This photo was taken at 12:15 p.m. on Aprtl 19, while most county employees would have been on their lunch breaks. The employees pictured were present at the courthouse to present an array of Earth Day-themed activities most of the day.