Letters to the Editor

Expand cell phone capacity in the San Juans

I can only be amazed at the strange logic displayed in Mr. Ludwig’s letter regarding cell towers (“No more cell towers in SJC,” page 6, Dec. 15 Journal).

He urges the County Council to ban more cell towers on the basis that they cause people to break the law. After all, there are laws regulating cell phone use and prohibiting texting while driving. But his solution is to restrict the rest of us because of some people, mostly younger according to his letter, who elect to behave irresponsibly.

Using that logic, let’s ban alcohol as some people drink and drive. Wait, we tried that once in the 1920s. And let’s eliminate e-mail and the Internet because there are e-mails scams that injure people and some young people have misused social networks, bullying their “friends” into suicide. And we should ban firearms of all types because, after all, murders are committed with them. And people drown in swimming pools, have automobile accidents, and even die in hospitals. Let’s just protect us all by eliminating these things.

Cell phone use is a way of life. There are many more cell phone in use today than there are landlines. Trying to hold back the tide of technology is not the answer, especially where that technology has proven to not only save lives, but allow us to have better contact with our children and loved ones.

Hopefully, the County Council will completely reject this type of Luddite thinking and get us the infrastructure we need.

Alan M. Davis
San Juan Island

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