Archive for Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Appalled by tower

July 5, 2000

Dear Editor,

I've been a resident of Baldwin City since 1997. Now, I know I haven't been a lifelong resident, but that doesn't make me love my city any less.

In the few years that I've been here, I've relished in the simplicity of our downtown. I love the fact that I can walk past buildings over 100 years old and see new business thriving and renovating our heritage.

But at this moment, I'm afraid that all that has been maintained is about to be extinguished.

I've just discovered that a cell tower is going into our downtown. Bell Automotive is about to become home to an unsightly metal monster rising 150 feet in the air.

I'm appalled.

I have no excuse for not becoming involved in the demise of this plan, but I'm shocked that I've only found out after this has been approved. I can remember being overwhelmed with information when a cell tower was being proposed for a location in a field. I think we were concerned for birds and, if I'm not mistaken, we were concerned for the Santa Fe Trail; another part of our heritage. Why is it that we've now welcomed this horrible structure right into our homes?!?

I moved to a town like Baldwin City for the peaceful atmosphere. I relish our neighborhoods and I watch with anticipation the revitalization of our downtown.

I've heard from the Baldwin City Signal editor that this was opposed by the council and yet, still approved. Shame on you, Baldwin City, for letting this happen. Where were the flyers? Where was the announcement at the city play? Where was the appropriate warlike reaction to some big company coming in to OUR city and telling us what to do.

I can't believe we've been beat. I won't until I've called every number I can and tried to thwart the efforts of Voicestream and their plan to single-handedly destroy our downtown.

Sincerely,
Annie France

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