Back in 2006 I had a session with a Hollywood afterlife medium, Marcel Cairo. Eight years later, I'm able to contact the deceased on my own.
After releasing my tell-all report about the needless killing of the five U.S. Bank trees in downtown Salem, I've been receiving strong messages from the trees. They're really happy that I wrote:
"Outrage: Salem's U.S. Bank tree killings"
The true story of how City officials and the bank president cut down five large, healthy, beautiful downtown trees for no good reason, and misled citizens about why they did it.
Download Outrage - Salem's U.S. Bank tree killings (1.5 MB PDF file)
The trees really appreciate the people who have been telling me how mad they still are at what the City of Salem of U.S. Bank did -- cutting down these Japanese Zelkovas for no good reason. Just because Ryan Allbritton, the bank president, and Peter Fernandez, Salem's Public Works Director, had some sort of backroom verbal promise to kill the trees no matter what.
Outrage at what happened in 2013 is fully justified.
But the trees are telling me that what would really make them happy in their undisclosed afterlife location (they don't want any recently departed tree haters to come after them with ghostly chain saws) is for Salem voters to make sure that unjust tree killings don't ever happen again in this town.
As I say in the report, the current City Council members were disturbingly passive in the face of a horrible decision to cut down the five U.S. Bank trees. They sat by as the City's Shade Tree Advisory Committee voted to save the trees by designating them as Heritage Trees, which then requires City Council action.
What happened? Nothing. Non-action.
Every city councillor trusted the untruths Peter Fernandez told them: that he was required to approve U.S. Bank's tree removal application by a city ordinance (false), and the Council couldn't designate the Zelkovas as Heritage Trees (also false, given what the Urban Forester told Fernandez).
So the trees are telling me, "Salem needs some new City Council members who think for themselves rather than taking orders from special interests. This leaves out the four candidates who are being funded and supported by the Chamber of Commerce PAC and other political action committees."
And leaves in the tree Good Guys...
Tom Andersen and Bradd Swank in Ward 2.
Scott Bassett in Ward 4.
Xue Lor in Ward 6.
Christopher Proudfoot in Ward 8.
Congratulations, candidates. You've gotten the Dead U.S. Bank Trees Official Election Endorsement.
I'm also getting some much fainter messages from the living replacement trees U.S. Bank was forced to plant after unnecessarily killing the mature 40 year old Zelkovas. Those new trees barely have a psychic voice.
Which is understandable, given how small they are. I could barely see them when I took this photo yesterday. But I can tell they also are saying, Vote for Andersen, Swank, Bassett, Lor, and Proudfoot.
After all, they don't want to be cut down for no good reason like their comrades were. Save Salem's trees. Vote for candidates with ethics who won't give in to special-interest deal-making.