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[TowerTalk] Editorial in Dallas Morning News

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Editorial in Dallas Morning News
From: (Brent Childers)
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:29:00 PDT
Hello All, 

A friend of mine pointed this editorial from today's Dallas Morning 
News.  It's interesting to hear something from someone else's point of 
view about towers.  I don't know if I should consider it a complement or 
slam to be equated to a spotted owl.

Oh well enjoy - 73 de w5ww (hoot hoot)


Butt out

We know Rep. Sam Johnson is really busy trying to balance the budget, 
reduce the deficit and check on campaign spending, but we have this 
little neighborhood problem with ham radio operators, and Plano city 
officials say Mr. Johnson is the only one who can help. So here goes.

Awhile back this ham operator moves into the neighborhood and before 
long this huge, ugly antenna sprouts up in his yard. To make matters 
worse, as time goes by, the thing just grows and grows like Jack's 
beanstalk, until neighbors finally figure enough's enough and call a 
meeting to talk about it.

To the complete surprise of everyone, except the lawyers who know 
everything about everything, come to find out ham radio operators are 
protected by the Federal Communications Commission, much like the 
spotted owl. They can put up antennas as big and ugly as they want and 
neighbors can't do anything about it. Neither are they responsible for 
any interference to TV, radio or cellular phones. We were further told 
ham operators are our friends. Hey, I don't know about you, Sam, but 
anyone who builds a public eyesore in his yard and messes with my TV 
reception is no friend of mine.

Whatever happened to the democratic principle of self-rule? If all this 
is true, then it is high time for the federal government to butt out and 
let local neighborhoods solve their own problems. Hope Sam will agree 
that property owners, too, should have some rights.


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