To the Editor:

Removal of the elms is not necessary, and their absence will hurt the look and feel of Ridgefield.

If the issue is liability due to a lean of a couple of inches of a wall, then rebuild the wall with the base moved outwards a couple of inches. It is barely three foot high.

If the issue is a general liability about having old trees on town land — then we have a much bigger problem! How many huge decaying maples are present on town land?

Dangerous or unsightly limbs should be pruned. However, Siberian elms are resistant to Dutch elm disease and these trees have a potential long life ahead of them if cared for. Residents should look at the trees now and consider the impact of their absence. … once they are gone they cannot be put back!

Nicholas Alexander

Morganti Court, May 11