What Will Become Of Cellular Towers?Your Dec. 22...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 09, 1994

What Will Become Of Cellular Towers?

Your Dec. 22 editorial, "Radio Daze: Towers Need Study," presumes more towers are needed to provide cellular car phone service without mentioning that cellular systems may be replaced in the mean future.

Cellular analog systems require tall, unsightly towers. However, digital portable car phones do not, as they can be set up on existing cable TV lines and are already being test marketed in this country.

When digital technology hits Carroll County, what becomes of the cellular towers? Will we look to the 21st Century with cellular dinosaurs dotting our landscape?

I applaud your call to the county government to look into the number and location of these towers to minimize the impact they will have on our county.

Like the hundreds of others opposing an indiscriminate blighting of our county by the cellular companies, I too look for a timely answer to the questions raised in your editorial.

Cathleen Heisch

Sykesville

Postal Workers

In the aftermath of the recent incidents of violence by emotionally disturbed workers in postal facilities, I find it unfortunate that some accounts reported in the media were attributed to the laxness of postal field managers at the affected facilities.

I believe this conclusion is a knee-jerk reaction formulated in haste. A little investigation would have revealed that even if local management had felt justified in appealing to other appropriate channels for guidance, in these cases the local medical unit or the area labor relations unit, the final decision to resolve these problems rested, in all probability, in these specialized support units, not in the judgment of the local postmaster or his staff. One has to remember the Postal Service is composed of rules, regulations and procedures administered by varying echelons of designated authority.

From experience, the scenario that usually unfolds probably adheres very closely to the following script: An unusual occurrence, aberrant behavior or bizarre conduct is witnessed by a member of management who conveys his concern to the miscreant. If some earlier incident in the disciplinary chain has preceded this latest episode, or better yet to avoid any further disciplinary impositions, the violator then decides to consult his personal physician who recommends hospitalization or outpatient treatment.

Upon discharge from the medical facility with the approval of his physician, he is permitted to return to the workplace because the postal physician accepts the decision of his colleague that the situation that precipitated the hospitalization has been treated and all is well.

Confronted by medical professionals, the area labor relations succumbs and also approves a return to duty for the violator even though the field managers have objected strenuously and voiced grave concern about possible consequences. Should this situation arise again, the whole procedure can be repeated in toto and is. Faced with situations over which they have no control, how can field managers be held responsible for the decisions imposed from above?

No practical mechanisms currently exist that permit field managers to effectively contest or appeal dictums that might be prejudicial to their safety. (This summary makes no mention of any challenge or objections on behalf of their members by the craft unions which would certainly be forthcoming should the Postal Service initiate any personnel action.)

Thomas J. Tallent

Eldersburg

The writer is a retired U.S. Postal Service official.

Taxpayers Group

When Congress convenes this month, it will begin to tackle President Clinton's health care proposals, which are a complete overhaul of our nation's health care system to be run by the federal government.

There are also a host of other proposals for unfunded federal mandates, which will require more taxes. There is still a concern over the waste of taxpayers' money in current programs.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has observed the workings of Washington and has some informed thoughts on the issues. He would like your input as he casts his votes.

Congressman Bartlett will speak to the Carroll County Taxpayers' Association at the Carroll County Office Building, Room 7, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, Md. at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. I urge every citizen of Carroll County to attend.

Ginny Turner

New Windsor

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