The Durham Herald-Sun this week offers up perhaps the most strangely inspired — or maybe just strange — reference to a movie in a editorial that I’ve ever come across:

“Conan the Barbarian,” a campily terrible 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle included, among many lines of painful dialogue, this lament:

“The only snakes I know of are those of Set and his cursed towers. Their evil has spread to every city. Two or three years ago it was just another snake cult, now… they’re everywhere.”

That line comes to mind with Durham’s long-running, inconclusive argument over cell phone towers which do seem to be everywhere these days and, to some people are seen as, if not evil, unwelcome.