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[TowerTalk] Chicago Tribune: Antenna Stirs Static Among Neigh bors

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Chicago Tribune: Antenna Stirs Static Among Neigh bors
From: (Steve Katz)
Date: Wed Aug 13 17:41:49 2003
Hi Pete,

Well, we can surely agree to disagree on this one.

I, too, have "served" on planning boards, and found the quality of people
co-serving to be so much to my disliking that I had no choice but to resign
in each case.  I did request, on two occasions, that we raise the bar by
having a qualification requirement for candidates, at least to the extent
that those serving be required to prove they could pass a minimal
examination containing questions pertinent to the position, and these
requests were quickly rejected for obvious reasons.

I won't ask to serve again, I've had enough.


Steve, WB2WIK/6

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of
enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pete Smith []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 2:20 PM
> To:   Steve Katz; 'N6KJ';
> Subject:      RE: [TowerTalk] Chicago Tribune: Antenna Stirs Static Among
> Neigh bors
> At 11:29 AM 8/13/03 -0700, Steve Katz wrote:
> >The only solution is to land yourself a membership on that same planning
> >board, and use your gray matter to influence others.  I see a lot of
> >planning boards, zoning boards, etc. are comprised entirely of unpaid
> >volunteers, who are worth a bit less than what they're paid.  I attended
> a
> >zoning board hearing in the County of Ventura (CA) several years ago, in
> >support of an OT who simply wanted to re-build his house exactly the way
> it
> >had been built before it burned down due to lightning, and the board
> members
> >were pretty much dumber than dirt -- about half seemed to be bored
> >housewives who never had any sort of career, so volunteered for county
> >service.
> Well, you must have known you were going to get some flak on this, 
> Steve.  A few years ago I testified in a county Planning Commission
> hearing 
> on a new tower ordinance (aimed at cell towers), and after the dust
> settled 
> (we won) I was asked to be on the Planning Commission.  I did a 2-year 
> stint, and there are ALL kinds of folks who serve, from your prototypical 
> housewife to PhD statisticians and economists, to architects, developers, 
> and farmers, all with more willingness to serve than good sense, to judge 
> by the amount of abuse they absorb.
> Just because they don't understand about amateur radio doesn't warrant 
> blanket condemnation.  It's OUR job to make sure they get it right.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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