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Anne Frank Tree

When I was over in the Netherlands I caught wind of this big controversy about whether or not to cut down this big tree near the Anne Frank house that’s mentioned in her diaries but that’s become a threat to the structure. In a small country without a lot of really big social problems, public controversy seemed to consist of fighting about immigration and then fighting about the tree. But now the spirit of compromise has prevailed with regard to the tree: “city authorities, residents, the Anne Frank museum and conservationists said they had agreed to build a frame around the 150-year-old tree before the end of May.”

Immigration, though, I imagine will stay controversial.

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