Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 13

Upon reading "Something in the Air," I must take issue with the information as reported by Michael Roberts regarding our company's purchase of the broadcast-transmitter facility on El Dorado Mountain.

At the time of the phone interview, Mr. Roberts was advised that we were not at liberty to discuss some of our plans due to the proprietary nature of our negotiations with the seller. He obviously embellished upon that concept to make us as a company and myself sound totally inept by stating that "we know so little about it we don't even have a sales pitch yet." That inaccuracy, as well as his inability to even get the company name (Pinnacle Towers Inc.) correct, suggests to me that Mr. Roberts was paying very little attention during the thirty minutes I invested in your publication.

We are planning to issue a formal press release within the next few days; however, I do not think that a copy of same will be provided to Westword for fear that Mr. Roberts might decide to put his own spin on it. You can read about it in the Denver Post.
Frank S. Lee, V.P. of sales and marketing
Pinnacle Towers

Just behind most of us are the foothills of the Rockies -- a formidable and rugged new land. We all appreciate living here because of them.

This week Westword featured an article on a subject that has led to organization: broadcast antennas in our hot spots! Currently in suspense before the FCC is the placement of ground zero for the antennas that will bring HDTV to people in Denver, something the broadcasters who will use it named the "Supertower." We didn't have a role in saying what and where it would be or how we would have to change our lives to accommodate this urban advent.

If you believe, as some do, that there is both a reason and ability to change our ionospheric environment and that we might need to become more conscionable about our biological environment because of it, then step up and join the Green Mountain neighbors.
R.K. Harvey
via the Internet

Michael Roberts wrote an excellent report on radio frequency (RF), electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from TV and FM antennas. Hundreds of Jeffco citizens heard both sides during 38 hours of six hearings in 1998 and '99, but the public didn't have the opportunity until "Something in the Air" was published by Westword.

Nobody wants broadcast transmission towers in their backyard -- maybe a wireless antenna or two, but not 450 transmission devices, powered with 12 million watts, sending RF signals into their homes, schools and workplaces. Facts about EMR are not aired by Big Brother Broadcast TV. Not even Hollywood, which gave us A Civil Action, Inside Story and Erin Brockovich, will touch this one. Film is now ruled by the same mega-corporations that control broadcast. EMR is too "political" for the best investigative network, PBS.

Broadcasters have successfully kept EMR biological effects arbitrary by lobbying to prevent federal and state funding of research since 1988. In Colorado, Channel 9's Roger Ogden and Channel 6's James Morgese testified against passage of HB 1340, which endorsed biological research on Lookout Mountain in 1999. The Post and News backed the broadcasters. The bill was defeated. If EMR is safe, why would anyone not want more information?

When it comes to toxic accountability, all industrial polluters seem the same. The internal dialogue of Denver broadcasters is likely to be something like: "We love cheap towers at 7,200 feet, close to town, with excellent public road access, fifteen minutes from the studio. So what if signals are sent directly into 1,000 family homes at higher altitudes? We like the public believing the towers were there first [Mt. Vernon Country Club has been at 7,500 feet since 1922...all of Lookout was platted for homes by 1924]. We got away with it for 25 years, doubled our output, and got away with that for eighteen more. Why not just double it again? We've intimidated Jeffco into ignoring hundreds of our zoning violations, and the FCC is under control...if only those #@&^%$*(@ hysterical citizens would stop doing homework...so what if EMR fragments DNA...as long as we stop the research and control the news, nobody will know..."

Try responding to the next TV-station-sponsored, community-service hype with a question: Why is this station set on destroying the quality of life for 30,000 citizens in the greater Golden area when it is not necessary to harm anyone to make a profit?
Carole Lomond

Feeling Flush
Regarding T.R. Witcher's "Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness," in the March 30 issue:

I have nothing against cab drivers wanting better restroom facilities at DIA, but how on earth did the price for six toilets get to be over $500,000?
Chris Russo
via the Internet

Scorn in the USA
Laura Bond's April 6 review of Bruce Springsteen's rock-and-roll performance, "Prove It All Night," left me scratching my head. Did she or did she not like the concert? Or was it less than it should have been because Bruce, like the rest of us, hasn't figured out the answers to the questions he's posed so well for so many years? Where does it say that the vision to make us feel something "once in a goddamned while" carries with it the responsibility of telling us how to carry the burdens of that feeling? Any expectation that it does is unreasonable and silly.

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