In Response to: Our Unforgettable Trees

I loved the recent attention paid to the most distinguished residents of the Princeton campus (“Our Unforgettable Trees,” feature, May 14). Maggie Westergaard’s video on the same subject, which is on the University’s website, is also outstanding.

I tried to come up with something clever to say about the relative merits of trees vs. students, alumni, and faculty, but I can’t outdo George Bernard Shaw on the topic: “Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”

We would do well to learn from them and reflect that they make our lives possible, not the other way around. They’re much more than ornaments.

Kenneth McCarthy ’81
Tivoli, N.Y.