Gossips has been raising the alarm for years about the emerald ash borer and its fatal threat to ash trees. The principal concern was for the ash trees that were planted along North Front Street during Urban Renewal--today forming a leafy arch over the street that makes that part of the city seem lush and welcoming.
An opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday cites another reason why we need to defeat the ash borer and save our ashes: baseball, our national pastime. White ash is the classic wood for baseball bats; 25 percent of all bats are still made from white ash: "A Bug That Eats Baseball Bats."
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Thanks to Don Moore for bringing this editorial to our attention