Editorial: Toomer's Corner

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - How people react to unfortunate events speaks volumes.

The reaction of both Auburn and Alabama fans to the poisoning of the 130 year old oak trees at Toomer's corner in Auburn has been impressive.

Fans from both schools have rallied to help with costs associated with addressing the problem and finding a solution.  More than 55,000 of those donors came from the Alabama group pledging money.  Totals for both groups together are near the $100,000 mark.

Auburn University has assembled experts in horticulture, agronomy, civil engineering, forestry, chemistry and landscape services to help.

Certainly, fans are upset over what happened and it is shameful that is has happened.

But pointing fingers and placing blame doesn't provide a fix.

Overzealousness and extremism is an unfortunate reality of some fan behavior.

But this awful situation shows that fans from both schools can come together in a united front.

We hope the Toomer's corner tradition can be maintained in some fashion for years to come and applaud the many fans from both Auburn and Alabama for their measured response.

They reflect the majority of the fan base for both schools.