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Regarding Paul Larmer's editor's note about Cedar Hill and cell towers, cell coverage is forever (HCN, 12/21/09 & 1/4/10). I think it's valid to ask why we need it everywhere, why it is inevitable, and whether in landscapes of beauty and integrity we should swallow the whole safety argument. Is the illusory cocoon of convenience and the lifeline of 911 really appropriate to the character of the West? I had hoped Larmer would have ended his note with “I pulled out my cell phone -- and called in an airstrike on the top of Cedar Hill.”

Kent Madin
Bozeman, Montana