The opponents of the cell tower in the steeple of South Congregational Church in Centerville are now citing a village zoning regulation probably promulgated in the early days of cellphone usage when most people had land lines and we had pay telephones around for travelers. Times have changed.

When we moved into our house in Centerville five years ago, I discovered that my cellphone would not work in my own home. Fortunately, we did not have a health emergency before we got a land line.

By partnering with the cell tower company, South Congregational Church is meeting a critical need for access to 911 in the event of a fire, accident or acute illness. This partnership also makes it unnecessary for the tower company to construct a free-standing tower in our village in compliance with any overriding emergency management regulation.

The need for rapid communication in a crisis today outweighs the long-term risks of radiation from microwaves, cellphone towers or the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

John Bross

Centerville