Thursday, June 30, 2005

Stranded people don't care about looks of 'Frankenpine'

I know the Adirondacks are pristine and all that, and I'm all for preserving the views. But this whole issue over the "Frankenpines" has me disturbed.

True, disguising cell towers like trees seems kind of stupid. But the alternative is either not having the towers disguised, or not having cell towers at all.

Most people who drive to the Adirondacks aren't Grisly Adams. If I run out of gas or get caught in a snowstorm in the middle of the Adirondacks, I'm not going to start a fire with string, eat bark and berries, and wipe my butt with pine needles for a week on the off-chance someone might happen by before a bear or hyphothermia get me. I'm going to want to get on my cell phone and call for help.

I don't care if they disguise the cell tower to look like a 400-foot-tall Little Orphan Annie. If I'm lost and I'm more than 2 miles from a Stewart's, I want to whip out my cell and talk to a human being.