Were you wondering why the news choppers were circling Ypsi earlier this evening?
The following clip comes from WDIV television in Detroit:
Man Continues Peaceful Tree Protest
DTE Wants To Clear Space For Transmission System
YPSILANTI, Mich. — A Ypsilanti man is camping out in a tree behind his house in protest of a utility company’s efforts to cut it down.
Bill Riney said he will stay in his beloved tree in his back yard as long as it takes to keep ITC International, a transmission company subcontracted out by DTE, from cutting it down.
Tuesday marked day two of the protest.
“I don’t like to be without electricity either, you know,” Riney said. “I understand, come out and trim them a little bit, but don’t devastate the neighborhood by cutting them all down”…
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I like that Riney, when they show him up in the tree, is reading a book about Walter Reuther. And I also like that the reporter didn’t ask him where he poops, which is the kind of reporting I’ve come to expect from our regional press.