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LETTER: Municipal officials don't see the big Gypsy moth picture, reader says

'In Lafontaine, we are hardly able to venture outdoors without being bombarded with caterpillars dangling from trees and blowing in the wind,' local resident says

Midland Today welcomes letters to the editor. They can be sent to andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter is in response to a recent story entitled Gypsy Moth infestation continues to bug Simcoe County residents.

Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Flannery's comments regarding the Gypsy Moth infestation, it is concerning that Mr. Flannery does not recognize this as a problem in various areas of Simcoe County.

In Lafontaine, we are hardly able to venture outdoors without being bombarded with caterpillars dangling from trees and blowing in the wind. Our trees, including white pines, oak and spruce have been voraciously attacked for the second season.

In an effort to save our trees, many residents have, at their own expense, paid to have their trees treated to the tune of $350 per tree!

If Mr. Flannery would listen to the people in the towns of Midland, Penetanguishene, Lafontaine and others, he would realize how upset residents are at the total lack of responsibility (municipalities) have taken. Perhaps, Mr. Flannery is one of the lucky ones who have not been affected by an itchy rash or tree devastation.

Barbara Behan

Tiny Township