This Ain’t Rocket Surgery


I remember my brother, who was then a resident of Los Angeles County, telling me something that was hard for me to fathom at the time but has stuck with me.

Jim has since passed away, but I distinctly recall him saying that he had to get permission from local government to cut down a dead oak tree in his back yard.

I was living in Alabama at the time and said something to the effect, “Jim, if you lived here in Alabama, that would be your tree on your property. You wouldn’t have to get permission from anybody to cut it up for firewood.”

Another friend, also a resident of California, told me about all the rigmarole it took for him to get a contractor to remove a buildup of bird crap off a roof section at his home. The environmental regulations did not permit what should have been…

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