Cell Tower Issue At West End Temple
Having a background in sociology, I have always been on a quest to explain human behavior within a society. I must say, I have been both baffled and disturbed by the behavior surrounding the cell tower issue at West End Temple (WET).
I asked myself why the immediate conclusion was drawn by so many individuals that WET was purposely keeping this deep, dark secret from the community. Does the temple have a reputation of being sneaky, deceptive, exclusive or self-serving? To the contrary, WET has a history of more than 50 years in the community, of being open-minded and inclusive, embracing different faiths and providing events, education, community service and charity to all walks of life. The officers of the temple, myself included, take their responsibility very seriously, and work very hard to do what's best for the temple and the community. That is our job.
What also puzzles me is the fact that our community is surrounded by cell towers which have gone up over a period of 10 years. Most of us were not aware of the existence of these towers. Nobody was informed about them; no petitions were filed, no articles written, no surveys taken. In fact, their installations were nonevents.
While over the past few months I have learned a lot of scientific facts about radio frequency waves, in my mind, this information is almost meaningless as this juncture. What I have learned are two very important truths:
One, once a person is convinced of an opinion, they will always have that opinion; and two, perception and unity are more important than whose opinion is right and whose is wrong.
Although the majority of the Board of WET believes it acted in good faith in our vote to sign the contract with Metro, we also acknowledge that public opinion and perception are very important at this time.
WET has heard your cry, but ours must be heard as well. We must all support this wonderful institution and what it offers from the nursery school, to soccer, yoga, adult and children's Jewish learning, music, weight watchers, defensive driving, social events, children's events, holiday celebrations, girls scouts, community service, safe haven for teens, and programs to help the poor around the globe. We play a crucial role in our community.
I hope and pray that this "study" of our humanity has an ending we can all learn from.