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Tree-point landing.

It may not be a clear sign, but perhaps it's time for some folks to pay attention this time.

We refer to the collapse--for the second year in a row, mind you--of the Christmas tree on the front lawn of the State House in Concord. Workers who hurried to resurrect the tannenbaum explained that some two feet of trunk snapped off during high winds, causing the tree to fall. And fall, it should be noted, in the direction of the State House itself.

Of course, the first time last holiday season--at least it was the first time in 20 years, according to Chris Jacques, Concord grounds superintendent--could be dismissed as merely a freak of nature. But a second consecutive year?

"I've worked here 21 years, and the first time it fell was last year," an apparently self-reflecting Jacques told the Concord Monitor. "Now it's two in a row. I'm not sure who I ticked off."

While it's admirable for a city employee to take a bullet over the second annual collapse, surely there must be a few people holding elected office who will be having some second thoughts as they celebrate the winter solstice-related holiday of their choice.
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Title Annotation:Flotsam & Jetsam
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Dec 21, 2007
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