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Cell towers lead to safety

Dear Editor:

We need more cellular towers in our valley for safety reasons.

Recently, I received a flyer in the mail encouraging me to contact Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt to state my objections to six new Sprint cellular towers being erected on Basalt Mountain. For the most part, the person sending the flyer objected to the visual annoyance of the towers.

For the records, I consider myself an environmentalist. I turn off the water when I shave, I unplug my cell phone charger when I am not using it and I recycle my newspaper, plastic and glass. I would strongly support any movement or legislation that would require all of the cell phone carriers to share their cell towers with each other and avoid any need for unnecessary towers.

Basalt Mountain is magnificent even though there are necessary electrical wires running across the mountain range in plain view. For the most part, the cellular companies do a pretty good job camouflaging their towers.

I encourage the installation of more cellular towers in our valley. If a hiker, biker, climber, rafter or a skier is in trouble, or if driver is stranded somewhere on one of our dark road at night, their cell phone could be life-saving! There more places that we “raise the bar” and improve communications in our valley, the safer we all will be.

Please encourage our representatives to allow the installation of these needed cellular towers to make our valley a safer place for all of us to live and play.

Jay Gottlieb

Basalt


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