City’s plan to remove old oak trees is hypocritical, says Vassal Lane graduate who got to enjoy them. My name is Luca Palma Poth, and I am a rising ninth-grader and a recent graduate of Vassal Lane Upper School. I am writing to strongly encourage the city not to remove the three mature trees on the Tobin/Vassal Lane property that the city currently intends to cut down. These trees have stood here for many decades and have always flanked the school proudly and provided shade. I know this firsthand because many a day I walked from recess to lunch under these trees. Whether I was having a good or bad day, I would always admire them. On sunny days those trees protected me from the sun, and on rainy days from the rain. You may be able to plant new trees, but it will take decades for them to get to the way the current ones are. Years worth of schoolchildren would not get the benefits of these trees the way I described them and instead will see concrete, traffic and a Mobil gas station.