Two editorials today that each have something to do with leaves:
- Display the treasures
With treasures like Mark Twain’s original handwritten manuscript for “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and first editions by astronomers Galileo Galilei, Tycho Brahe and William Herschel, the city’s inability to display these priceless works in a single, appropriate setting verges on the sinful. Certainly, it is wasteful. And self-defeating. And foolhardy. And shortsighted. And . . . well, you get the idea. The Crown Jewels have the Tower of London. Our gems need their own special home. [Buffalo News article.]
Erie County Executive Chris Collins aims to provide that. He announced last week the formation of a commission to study how best to offer these treasures to the public. He wants the county to have a “signature place” to display works now held in multiple locations, including the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and private collectors.
Related from elsewhere:
- Rare books from China to be digitized - The Boston Globe
- Shakespeare collection donated to UCLA's Clark Library - The Los Angeles Times
- Merkel Speaks Out on Google Books - BusinessWeek
- Thief lives in thrall to books - National Post
And, looping back to Buffalo:
- Oregon State receives rare books by Malamud - The Oregonian
Howard Mills, who once owned a bookstore in Corvallis, has donated three rare books by Bernard Malamud — including an inscribed first edition of “The Natural” — to Oregon State University. Malamud taught at OSU from 1949-61 and wrote “The Natural” and most of the stories in “The Magic Barrel” while in Corvallis.
- Help tree-planting
Three years ago, after the October Surprise snowstorm, both the trees and the power lines collapsed.
The power companies scrambled the troops and, while it seemed interminable at the time, soon put the electric lines back. That part of life went back to normal.
But there was no arboreal armada -- paid by your monthly utility bills -- on standby to restore the status quo of the urban forests. An organization had to be created from scratch to make that effort.
Thus arose Re-Tree WNY, a volunteer organization that set a goal of planting 30,000 trees in five years. Now, more than half way through that self-imposed time horizon, the organization and the individuals, groups and local governments that have supported it have planted 11,200... [Buffalo News article.]
Support for Re-Tree WNY is still needed, and still deserved. Money doesn't grow on trees. But these trees won't grow without money.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News