O, the irony of it all

Published 5:40 pm Monday, March 22, 2010

To the Editor:

Here is a plot for an O. Henry tale.

The headline in the TDB read, Polk asks to enforce erosion laws.

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The article is accompanied by a photo of the erosion on Chocolate Drop caused by the thoughtless rape of this beautiful mountain site.

And heres the O. Henry irony…even while Polk petitions the state for erosion control rights, their own director of business is busy clear cutting his entire property which is located in the midst of a heavily wooded residential neighborhood. In effect he has created his own Chocolate Drop Scar and right in our back yard.

More tragic…his property is located on the ridge above Harmon Field and the east side extends down to the Pacolet. When the rainy season begins the sedimentation flow into the Pacolet could be dramatic.

How can this individual possibly be effective as Polk Countys director of economic development? When folks enjoying Harmon Field ask about the Chocolate Drop Scar it should be known that an employee of the Polk County Commission is the thoughtless developer.

Indeed…O. Henry could not have written better.

John Hanskat