I cannot believe the city of Decatur is so short of money they would allow a logger to come in, pick out the trees, take his word for the their value and make a deal without competitive bidding.

Instead of Decatur's most beautiful trees going, the city should put out for bid the removal of dead and dying trees and those that have been mangled by the power company removing branches for lines. It should be stipulated they are to be removed at ground level, all branches taken and area cleaned up. The goal should be for the city's benefit, not the loggers.

The current policy is reminiscent of the old Woody Allen movie, "Take the money & run." The current policy is, "loggers take the best timber and run."

Bill Steenblock, Decatur