Tying on One Too Many
A woman who tied some 500 yellow ribbons around trees and utility posts in support of the U.S. military involvement in Kosovo has been found guilty of violating a city ordinance in Beloit, Wis., and fined $320, reports the Associated Press. Mieke Veneman was issued two citations in April for putting up “signs” in the form of yellow ribbons in the public right-of-way. Her lawyer had asked that the case be dropped, because the ordinance does not specifically refer to yellow ribbons as signs. But the prosecutor said the ordinance applied, because the clause also refers to signs as devices to attract attention. Veneman vows she will appeal.