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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, May 30, 1985
Tree killings lead to controversy
(ContinuedfromPages) looaely-worded state billboard taws we suffer through will result in two
They both declined comment about the according to Ann Arbor attorney Clan billboards per tree being removed."
incident. Crawford, who also works for the "Sure, I'm sympathetic with their
Yet in respose to what they feel is Washington based Coalition for Scenic deruction tts otat al Bthea th
"a breakdown in the criminal justice Beauty. detuto, ta' otaltewy t
system," The Tree Workers, in an un- "There's really nothing in the laws go about it," Crawford said.
signed letter to the Daily, blamed 3-M that deals directly with this sort of CRAWFORD also ponted out that
for the cutting and claimed full situation," Crawford said. "The he has seen this sort of action before.
responsibility for the retaliatory billboards should really, quite simply, Fourteen years ago a group calling it-
demolition of the Rampy billboard. be banned. That would aid the self the Billboard Bandits
The group said the destruction of situation considerably." "slaughtered wholesale several
the trees, justifies its action, and that Yet despite the lack of concrete signs" in its quest for environmental
group members "are moved to begin evidence, the Tree Workers seem protection.
our campaign to secure restitution of firm in their laying the blame Ann Arbor landscaper Michael
crimes of greed against basic en- squarely on the shoulders of 3-M. Forman, who also works for En-
vironmental values."
THE LARGE pines, worth an
estimated $75,000-$100,000, according 'We know that 3-M killed our trees and the
to the Department of Transportation, s
were aparently cut down to provide a an em. It was a
minimum of three seconds viewing people of Michigan.'
time for passing vehicles.
The central problem with environ- -A letter from the Tree Workers
mental destruction, according to John
Lonsky, forester for the Jackson
District of the State Highway Depar- "WE KNOW that 3-M killed our vironmental Services, Inc., is also
tment, lies in searching out and trees and the animals in them. It was irritated at 3-M.
prosecuting the culprits. a theft from the people of Michigan," Just over a year ago, Forman
"we received a the lettersaid. claims that several trees were
On September 19,wercid The covert activista, claim they are illegally chopped down in front of a
request from the company to remove not affiliated with any other state en- sign nearchis property. "I cannot see
vegetation from around the sign' vironmental groups, and until three why anyone else would have cut the
Lonsky said. "We decided they could ecific conditions are met the will trees. The billboard was owned by 3-H
trim some of the trees, but not thesn ,ty and their insurance company even-
large pines. stick torevenge. tually settled withus," he said.
"THEY agreed, telling us they The letter demands the following: Lonsky was less emphatic in his
wouldn't cut them," Lonsky said. " an apology, by 3-M, to the people opinion of the Tree Workers. He ex-
Lonsky added that the inability of of Michigan. pressed his surprise at the destruction
the authorities to catch the cutters " A promise from 3-M that they will and threats, but stressed that the
red-handed will make the prosecution be more conscious of the environment situation "is certainly between them
of the crime quite difficult, if not im- in the future. and th
possible. " A clear indication from the state e billboard company."
"It's been a real pain in the side for highway department that they will in- But, as if to leave no doubt of their
us," Lonsky said. "We're really hard- vestigate and prosecute future legitimacy or intent, the Tree
pressed right now. We can't go to abuses. Workers ended their statement with a
court against anyone with only cir- The letter claims that if each con- stinging indictment of the 3-M Com-
cumstantial evidence." dition is not met to the Tree Workers' pany: "No agreement and we cut with
MUCH OF the current confusion satisfaction, "we pledge to bring a vengeance. They scoff at the laws;
and unrest is due to inconsistent and down 42 billboards...The next abuse maybe they won't laugh at the saws."
'Journalist' closes from lack of funds

From United Press International
'Star Wars' issue ruled yesterday.
ar ar IS~u Federal prosecutors alleged the
deadlocks negotiations sailor made 10 exchanges of classified
dcument with his father, who at-
GENEVA, Switzerland - On the eve tempted to deliver them to the vice
of the second round of U.S.-Soviet ar- consul at the Soviet Embassy in
ms talks, Moscow flatly rejected Washington.
yesterday reducing nuclear weapon Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael
arsenals unless Washington abandons Schatzow noted that the Soviet official
its "Star Wars" anti-missile research left the United States "completely un-
project. scheduled" days after the May 20
The Soviet delegation arrived in arrest of John Walker, 47, a retired
Geneva early yesterday 12 hours after Navy warrant officer.
the American team - led by chief "There is no suggestion that he
delegate Max Kampelman - flew in could find a happy home in the arms
from Washington for today's opening of the Soviets," Defense Attorney
session. Charles Bernstein said. "And I don't
The first round of talks ran from think the danger to the community is
each March 12 to April 23 and by all an issue."
accounts, made no progress. Commission ap roves
Beirut teacher killed Commissonrapprove
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A British nwE io aepa
teacher at American University was LANSING, Mich. - The Public Ser-
found shot to death after the vice Commission yesterday approved
American director of the schools a new rate plan for Detroit Edison
hospital was kidnapped, offi Co., which should be good news for
discloafdyisterday heavy power users and not such good
University officials identified the news for those consuming below
dead man at the hospital morgue as average amounts.
Denis Hill, 53, a teacher in an English The action carries out a legislative
language program. mandate that the PSC modify so-
"It appears that Mr. Hill has been called lifeline rates, which more
shot several times in the head," a un- sharply penalize heavy power use and
iversity spokesman said. reward conservation.
The body was found Tuesday after- Those who use small amounts will
noon near the waterfront in pay from 1.4 percent to 14.3 percent
predominantly Moslem west Beirut. more than they would under the
No other details were immediately lifeline scheme, according to Com-
available, mission Matthew McLogan. Savings
The report of Hill's death came as for heavy power users could be as
the Shiite Amal militia set up road- high as 11 percent, while those using
blocks and stopped cars around average amountsareunaffected.
Beirut searching for American State senator dies
University Hospital Director David
Jacobsen, who was abducted by Arab LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Robert
gunmen Tuesday as he walked to Welborn died early Wednesday at his
work, home in Kalamazoo, ending a dogged
battle with ill health that had plagued
Jacobsen, 54, of Huntington Beach, him for many months. He was 57.
Calif., is one of six Americans missing "His long fight is over now," Senate
in Lebanon. Republican leader JohnoEngler said.
ill be Welborn's death was announced in a
Accused spy w brief statement from his office in
held without bail Lansing, which said the cause was
"an apparent cardiac arrest."
BALTIMORE - A young sailor ac- Welborn - who at one point was
cused of helping his father slip secret treated for cancer - had not attended
documents, maps and charts to the Senate sessions consistenly since last
Soviet Union will be held without bail fall, although he tried to work as
until his trial, a federal magistrate much as possible at home.
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