We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've been thinking about trees a lot lately. We live in the woods and are surrounded by trees - Oaks, pine, maples, sourwood, hornbeams. When we moved here we thought the trees were beautiful, but now I'm beginning to think of trees as "the enemy". We had to remove all of them within 50' of our house for fire safety...but the darn things keep growing back and encroaching. They're relentless. 100' tall White Pines are dying and falling over - hopefully not on us or our house. The beautiful Hemlocks are infested with Adelgids which suck the life out of them and kill the trees. A little Dogwood that we planted 20 years ago is now leaning towards our house and clogging up our rain gutters with leaves every fall. I'll probably have to cut it down after all these years. But the Oak trees are the worst. Two of my neighbors have had ancient oak trees crash through their roofs in a storm. We like to think that "Mighty Oak" trees are a symbol of generational stability, but they die just like everything else...and they take houses with them when they go. I can see why the Pioneers ripped out the trees for pasture.
You have a point. I have 9 very mature oaks, 3 long leaf pines and a single magnolia on a half-acre. The oaks were about my age, i.e. 50 or so when I built, now they're 90 or so and starting to show their age [too]. When it's windy the dead branches rain down, some 8" dia. at the base. No trees have fallen yet, but there are two that could hit the house should they fall.