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Keep the towers, ban the phones

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Editor:

Recently, Gibsons council turned down an offer from Rogers to replace the communications tower atop the fire hall. The reason was a group opposed to a cell phone relay on the tower filled council chambers.

Based on Coast Reporterís account, council considered their health concerns to be unsupported, but went along with nays, because there was no opposition to the opposition.

This is an egregious failure of local democracy and leadership. A group of misinformed residents have their way.

It is pointless to argue from science against this caste. They are immune to it. Never mind that radio waves are a relatively benign piece of the electro-magnetic spectrum ó the same spectrum that hosts heat from a campfire, sunlight and smaller wavelength cousins that are very harmful.

Never mind that a TV or radio tower emits thousands of times more radiation than a cell phone tower. Never mind that the American Cancer Society says there are no harmful effects from a cell tower, unless maybe you hugged the relay from the birth of your child until high school graduation.

At ground level, the wave emissions are less intense than those from a hands free Wi-Fi device in your auto. Hold a cell phone to your ear and you are exposed to a hundred times more radiation.

Keep the towers, I say. Ban the phones.

This ignorance will cost residents of the Sunshine Coast $120,000. Not a large sum, but it is the principle that we should all be concerned about. Our elected leaders (except Coun. Tretick) chose not to lead, that is, use their better judgment in the interests of the community. A small group exercises a tyranny over the majority, simply by showing up at a council meeting.

We have a triumph of ignorance, except that is an oxymoron.

Michael McLaughlin, Gibsons


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