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.
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of
enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pete Smith [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 2:20 PM
> To: Steve Katz; 'N6KJ'; email@example.com
> 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
> >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
> >had been built before it burned down due to lightning, and the board
> >were pretty much dumber than dirt -- about half seemed to be bored
> >housewives who never had any sort of career, so volunteered for county
> 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
> on a new tower ordinance (aimed at cell towers), and after the dust
> (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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