The Coshocton County Beacon January 17, 2018 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON JANUARY 17, 2018 |  OPINION |  Lett er to the Editor id you get what you Drew Brees out and he wished for? No, I lived up to the hype of a six am not referring to foot quarterback that was your Christmas list told back in the day that he or your New Year’s reso- could not be successful in lutions. We have covered the NFL due to his height. those topics already and He has proven them wrong are now halfway through MARK’S MUSINGS time and time again. the fi rst month of the year. But enter the fourth quar- I am making a reference to the blast ter, lots of lead changes and a superb of old fashioned winter that has swept last gasp pass in the closing seconds through Coshocton County like a fl ock of the game that turned into the most of elves putting together a last minute unlikely touchdown pass - perhaps - toy on Christmas Eve. ever. Most certainly in a playoff game. We know that some of you enjoy If you missed it, you can catch it on the these little bouts of winter nastiness - highlight reels for the rest of your life. probably from your warm bungalow in Th ey say that timing is everything and Florida. You get to watch Th e Weather this catch and resulting victory for the Channel from afar and grin with a Vikings sure sums that up. knowing smile that you don’t have to get Th is weekend’s championship game out the shovel, boots, gloves, mittens, picks - Eagles and Patriots. An east coast scarves or any of the other garb that we Super Bowl held in Minnesota. Th e who are left here in Coshocton need to Vikings, if they pull off the upset, would don just to head to work or school or any be the fi rst of eight possible teams that of the other dozens of locations that we would have played a home Super Bowl. think we need to get to on a snowy day. Th e other seven all lost in the divisional Who knows, maybe it’s to stock up round. on water, food supplies for human and So now we’re faced with another animal or, of course, some sweets. Ev- round of bitter cold temperatures head- eryone knows that you need a generous ing into the third week of January with supply of bagels, donuts, muffi ns or pas- lots of winter yet to come. But every day tries to get through a weekend of winter is another day closer to spring. Take that weather. Th en toss in some quality NFL groundhog. You can’t stop the inevi- football games for good measure. Th is table march toward that date on the past weekend certainly had those de- calendar when we at least know - re- pending on your favorite team. A tough gardless of what’s on the ground or the loss for the Steelers. degree of temperature - that warmer Th e highlight reel as everyone that fol- days are indeed, headed our way. lows football knows - and probably lots of folks that don’t - was the New Orleans Saints versus the Minnesota Vikings. It seemed almost certain in the fi rst half that the Vikings were going to plunder the Saints like the Vikings of old and send them to Valhalla. But never count To Th e Editor, As a Coshocton, OH, native and former Lake Park resident, I was recently in town and went for a gorgeous hike on the Scarr Loop trail, overlooking the canal boat path. After observing multiple, mature growth trees of maples, oaks, beeches, and sycamores marked with blue paint, apparently indicating their imminent demise, I became dismayed and disappointed. I can not fathom a reason to bring these magnifi cent trees down. No amount of money could ever equal the value that Coshocton County has in those trees standing majestically and proudly over the canal, some for over a hundred years. Tourism has long been a key component to the livelihood of Coshocton. Roscoe Village, with its distinctive and unique history, and its sister attraction, the Monticello III, can not be underestimated as contributing assetsto the past and ongoing economical narrative of the area. Th e natural beauty of Coshocton County, including the environment surrounding the tow path, are also key elements that attract people to come to the region, and spend time and money in local businesses and establishments. Tourism and trees are partners in every aspect. Annually, thousands of people drive to Hocking County in the fall to take in the views of gold, orange and red foliage. Th e leaves encourage travel down the roads and highways surrounded by forests, leading to small communities. I venture that the people making the pilgrimage are mostly from cities o