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for Amtrak
may force
of service
(Continued from Page1)
(routes) to help meet costs," said
Charnetski. Routes that are not
profitable can be cut, he said, but not if
it means a reduction in needed tran-
The threat of elimination of Ann Ar-
bor's Amtrak service has prompted
some students and city officials to
criticize the possible cuts.
expressed the need that would arise in
the city if the railroad were cut. "A lot
of people use it asa commuter service"
between Ann Arbor and Detroit, he
More automobiles would be on the
road using more gas than now, said
Belcher. There would be. "some
(negative) effects on the economy and
the energy situation" if Amtrak service
were discontinued, he said.
Charnetski maintains that there are
points in Amtrak's favor that Congress
cannot ignore in making the final
decisions on next year's budget. Since
Amtrak was formed in 1971 as a public
corporation, it has met the lower cost
goals set by Congress, he said.
testimony before a House subcommit-
tee in March, noted that there was a
"45.3 percent increase in productivity
over (the past) three years." On-time
performance has progressed to "a
system-wide 81.8 percent," he said.
Charnetski expressed dismay that
the budget-cutting Reagan has targeted
only Amtrak for cuts, while leaving the
other federally-subsidized forms of
transportation largely intact. "They
shouldn't cut just Amtrak, the cuts
should be across the board," he said.

Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
PASSENGERS PREPARE TO board the 5:35 Amtrak to Chicago. Reductions in Amtrak funding proposed by the
Reagan administration threaten the existence of this Michigan route.
Cri me growth rate slows*

LANSING (UPI)-The increase in
crime slowed to 4 percent in Michigan
last year compared with 10 percent in
1979, but murders jumped four times
that rate, the State Police Department
reported yesterday.
Major crimes increased in Michigan
more slowly than in the nation as a
whole, according to figures contained in
the uniform crime report prepared as
part of the nationwide FBI master
crime report.
THERE WERE a total of 13,450

Ford returns to 'U'
to, address scientists

(Continued from Page 3)
are now critically linked to one another
by international problems such as
hunger, pollution, the depletion of
natural resources, and the expansion of
deserts, the former president said.
FORD SAID he believes remote sen-
sing, in its ability to monitor the en-
vironment and make developments
such as accurate crop forecasting
possible, will go far when coupled with
increased agricultural productivity
"toward relieving much of the world's
poverty and starvation."
Prof. Charles Olson, chairman of the
University's Natural Resources
Remote Sensing department agrees
with the former president's view of
remote sensing. "There is an enormous
potential for environmental
monitoring," he said, but he noted that
world problems cannot be solved by
technological solutions alone.
Olson travelled to North Africa for
the United Nations to monitor the con-
ditions of the Sahara, where, indeed,
the desert region is expanding into
'previobsly arable farmlan'd.

"THERE ARE solutions," he said,
such as reforestation, irrigation, and
changes in agricultural methods. "But,
you must also understand the socio-
economic structure with which the
people work," Olson said. "You can't
go in only with technolocy."
Nevertheless, remote sensing
technology does provide a means by
which to monitor changes in the en-
vironment: A Landsat satellite, for
example, goes over the same point on
earth every 18 days, so the information
is always being updated, and shifts may
be noted, an.ERIM spokesman said.
In addition, this technology is impor-
tant because things which normally
cannot be observed-such as the den-
sity of objects and the amount of heat it
radiates-can now be monitored:
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crimes Fommitted per 100,000
population in 1980, the report said. That
represents an increase of 4 percent,
compared with 10 percent in 1979.
So-called index crimes-murder,
rape, aggravated assault, burglary,.
larceny, and motor vehicle theft-rose
8 percent in 1980, compared with 10per-
cent in 1979 and under the national
average of 10 percent. The average for
Michigan's region was 9 percent.
MURDER ROSE 16 percent from 810
in 1979 to 941 last year, but car theft fell
(Continued from Page9)
(Dee Wallace) goes off to a mountain
retreat to get over an upsetting encoun-
ter with an urban female-stalker - and
guess what, there turns out to be a
whole bunch of you-know-what's
anxiously planning some fun activities
for her stay.
THE HOWLING does have spec-
tacular special effects, but "spec-
tacular" doesn't alwaysexclude
"silly." The big gimmick is that we get
to see the man-to-werewolf transfor-
mation in unsparing detail - as op-
posed to the usual run of lap dissolves.
Sounds fair enough, and 21-year-old ef-
fects maestro Rob Bottin does amuse
with expanding jaws, unfurling talons
and very rapid-growing body hair. But
this stuff is a bit too much like watching
the Incredible Hulk - as people slowly,
but slowly grow into salivating 12-foot
oogieboogies, you eventually stop mar-
veling and start laughing. There's
something to be said for subtlety, at
least if suspense is the intent.
The Howling never quite decides
what its intent is. Undecided
throughout, it obviously lets it potential
falter from a howl, to a snarl, to a
whimper, to a gasp.

by 3 percent and aggravated assault
dropped 2 percent.
The rural index crime rate grew only
slightly faster than urban, at 10 percent
compared with 8 percent. Crime
generally has been growing more
rapidly in rural and suburban areas in
recent years.
Arrests fell off 2 percent continuing a
trend begun in 1979. Juveniles accoun-
ted for 14 percent of those taken into
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