SHORT TAKES: What’s the value of a tree?

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:51 pm on Friday, June 15, 2012

How much is a tree worth?

About $468.75, according to the U.S. District Court. That’s how much Ray and Joann Christensen and their son, Joe Christensen, of Montcalm Township, were ordered to pay times 96 for the 96 trees they cut down on a portion of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail.

The Friends of the Heartland Trail brought the issue to court in March 2011. After a yearlong battle, all parties recently agreed to settle in court. As part of the settlement, the Christensens must acknowledge the trail’s 100-foot right-of-way and must pay $45,000 to the Friends of the Trail.

While we know the trail group is glad the case was settled, we’re also told by Chairman Don Stearns that legal fees have left the trail group with only enough money to plant 30 or 40 trees. It’s some restitution, but won’t ever be able to replace all those trees — including 50 that were mature — that were cut down.

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We’d like to send a shout out to Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh and her team for a season well done. After struggling big time in the beginning of the season, they worked their way back with a 13-game winning streak and made it to the Division 2 quarterfinals at Hope College in Holland. These gals may not have brought home a trophy, but they won our hearts. Way to go, team.

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Seen walking into Meijer recently: A woman wearing only a string bikini.

No matter how toned your body is, it should have occurred to this woman at some point that she wasn’t appropriately dressed. Throw on a pair of shorts, pull a cover-up over your head, wrap a towel around your body.

When did we digress so far that folks think it OK to grocery shop in next to nothing, go to job interviews in their jammies and wear slippers to work?

We’re all for having a good time at the beach, but we think the old saying should still stand: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.”

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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