On Dallas News.com there's an intriguing article about a woman accused of felony criminal mischief – for cutting and
removing briars, vines, dead tree limbs and trash from the woods near her home. I love her attitude about being hauled off to jail: "I'd never been in a perp walk before. It was cool."
The story tells us she's an attorney but also, prominently and obnoxiously, that she's 67. Why is it that anything someone over 60 does is about their age, especially if the someone is a woman?
Issues are raised by this story, and we haven't even gotten to the meat of it yet.
Of course there's the police overreaching issue, and department even said later about having arrested her: "Here's a 67-year-old lady. What's the flight risk?" (Notice the age again.)
But on-topic here is the big land management issue that started the whole incident. On one side of the conflict are gardeners like this volunteer pruner, who said of the thicket she was trying to tame: "It looks crappy, and I'm not interested in walking into a face full of this when I go in after my dogs." Taking the opposite position are advocates of the "Keep It Wild" approach to maintenance. They say "It's a protected,
wild area." And briars are "part of the ecosystem. We have
all kinds of wild creatures living here."
All good points, and a thorny issue for any community.