Tech­no­log­i­cally an­ti­quated in­tru­sions

Rappahannock News - - Comment -

Here We Go Again!

Like the Ter­mi­na­tor, the cel­lu­lar zom­bie keeps com­ing back. Each and ev­ery time they come barg­ing in to our lit­tle corner of the Pied­mont they kick up a ruckus, pit­ting neigh­bor against neigh­bor in this in­ter­minable row.

Many in the county, in­clud­ing my­self, have posted scores of letters to the ed­i­tor over the years in op­po­si­tion to these tech­no­log­i­cally an­ti­quated in­tru­sions into our view shed and our tran­quil­ity.

In the Au­gust 29 edi­tion of the Rap­pa­han­nock News, C. Price makes a com­pelling case. Fiber is al­ready com­ing to the county. Why give a green light to yes­ter­day’s in­fe­rior cel­lu­lar tech­nol­ogy when we al­ready have tomorrow’s su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy at our doorstep?

But I’ll re­it­er­ate an ar­gu­ment I’ve been mak­ing for many a year. Do we re­ally want folks di­al­ing and tex­ting while driv­ing on our roads? Ex­cept for route 211, our roads are nar­row, hilly, and wind­ing, mostly with no shoul­ders. Three things can cause a driver to stray over the cen­ter line: sleepi­ness, in­tox­i­ca­tion and tex­ting. We can’t do much to pro­tect our­selves from the first two dan­gers. But if we can elim­i­nate 30 per­cent of the dan­gers of a head on col­li­sion, why wouldn’t we?

Please — ad­di­tional cell tow­ers in Rap­pa­han­nock should be a non starter. Safety first!

Ron Maxwell

Flint Hill

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