To: The Denver Post - Merciful interevention in TB tower dispute
It was really disappointing to learn this morning that the Post's moral compass is so badly damaged -- perhaps beyond repair.
You now have joined the ranks of those who believe that the end justifies the means, a moral
On the substance of your editorial, you continue to ignore the reality that the broadcasters had options other than the
In your zeal to support the broadcasters, you ignore the sleazy, last-minute, introduction of the federal preemption of local rights in a package of non-controversial bills. This one, in case you hadn't noticed, is not non-controversial. Nor has it had to withstand the normal legislative process of hearings, debate and recorded votes. That doesn't seem to bother the Denver Post, though.
There is no difference between what Senators Allard and Salazar did and Rep. Young's earmarking of money for the infamous bridge to nowhere last year. Both were sneaky maneuvers to avoid the cleansing effect of sunlight on the legislative process. That the Post cannot tell the difference is particularly sad. I hope you can find someone to repair your badly damaged moral compass. The next time it may be preemption of something to which you object -- and you will not have any credibility then.
Subject: The Denver Post: A
Subject: The Denver Post: Atop the TV-tower fight
I was originally surprised by Ken Salazar joining Wayne Allard in supporting Senate Bill 4092. I did not expect the freshman Democrat to support a bill that tramples local government authority and ensures that a high-risk tower be constructed in a residential area. Nor did I expect Senator Salazar to stand behind actions that exclude public debate on this issue in favor of the financial best interest of the Lake Cedar Group (LCG)
While Senate bill 4092 was presented and passed under the cover of darkness, it is not possible to hide what I believe to be the real motivation for Mr. Salazar. After spending a few minutes researching Senator Salazar’s largest contributors, I quickly noticed a sizable investment by the law firm of Faegre & Benson. It turns out that Faegre & Benson are the attorneys representing the Lake Cedar Group on this hotly contested issue. It seems that LCG’s investment with Mr. Salazar quickly paid off and his action’s now seem much more understandable to this voter.
Subject: Denver Post - Atop the TV tower fight
Do I understand this right?
In the past 3 days, the two Senators from Colorado introduced a bill
(S.4092) into the U.S. Senate to benefit a special interest group.
That bill passed the Senate without anyone voting for or against it.
It also then passed the House without anyone voting for or against it.
It directly benefits the Lake Cedar Group at the expense of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, bypassing all public review and comment, and overriding all local city, county and state review, regulations, and laws.
The bill does not limit it to only 1 tower.
When I heard about this Friday, I asked our members of Congress to find out from the FCC what the levels of interference to high tech, nanotech and biotech businesses in Jefferson County. The FCC computes and publishes that to prevent broadcasters from interfering with each other. From the information of the FCC website, in my estimation, it adds up to a radiofrequency interference dead zone for high tech from Ball Aerospace in the North to Lockheed-Martin in the South, and possibly as far East as the Denver Tech Center.
I teach and do research at the Colorado School of Mines. The school has not taken a position on the SuperTower. However, the existing broadcasting facilities already interfere with my ability to use certain equipment in teaching and research, such as that used to locate underground utilities and prevent damage to underground gas pipes from excavation. When the digital televsion comes online, there will be an overlap period of several years with the new digital adding to the existing old analog broadcasts. How many jobs will be lost in Jefferson County from that increased interference?
-Gary R. Olhoeft, PhD
A few words about interference. Any piece of metal can be a radio antenna. If it's not the right size and shape, it will not be a very efficient antenna. A desirable voltage on the metal is called signal.
When the first HDTV broadcast in the US was turned on in Dallas, it caused interference with medical systems in the nearby hospitals (this is documented on the FCC website). This is the kind of problem the high tech industry in Jefferson County is already seeing, and it will get worse with the Lake Cedar Group's added SuperTower. That will cost jobs.
"Banana Skins" (see attached) briefly describe reports of electrical/electromagnetic interference. Some are personal anecdotes, some come from research, and some are extracted from official documents and reports. Some of these interference incidents had harmless or even amusing results, some lost companies significant amounts of time and/or money, even to the point of bankruptcy, and some resulted (or could have resulted) in injury or death.
Subject: Rocky Mtn. News - Congress steps into tower fray
The Rocky Mountain News editorial today is an example of selective memory -- and the degree to which the RMN has sided with broadcasters on this highly controversial issue. Big media must stick together; at least that is the message you give when you publish such a one-sided and misleading editorial.
You would persuade readers to condemn the City of
Your editorial has selectively chosen certain facts in a rather pathetic effort to support a weak argument. You ignore the fact that over the years this dispute has been before the Jefferson County Commission, there have been last-minute amendments and changed proposals from the broadcasters, which was the reason why one court sent the measure back -- so the Commission could consider the issue legally and properly. I'm almost surprised that you didn't inveigh against "activist" judges. By my reading, Judge Jackson and others who have dealt with this matter were upholding the law. The RMN manages to trivialize the fact that the tower issue has been blocked by several courts on several occasions. There was a member of the Commission who cavalierly told a witness at a hearing: If you don't like it, move. Some representative of the people. Of course, that commissioner later was forced to resign in the face of his own ethical lapses.
You would have readers believe that there is a federal mandate to put the tower on top of
The Rocky Mountain News has been highly biased on this issue for several years. Your editorial today only serves to prove that. Shame on you.
My greatest objection to your editorial is the way you dismiss any lack of propriety on the part of Senators Allard and Salazar, while beating the City of
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