Opinion Letters to the editor for Jan. 19, 2019


Letters to the editor for Jan. 19, 2019

Regulations = protections

As a retired RN whose specialty was cancer nursing, I’m going to make a prediction regarding Donald Trump and his incredible stupidity in reversing regulations affecting our water, land and air quality. Years after he and his useless Cabinet are gone, there will be, and right now there are, pockets of cancer and other deadly illnesses throughout our country (usually affecting babies and children) that will be traced back to his disregard of protecting our land, air and especially our water.

You think Flint is a catastrophe? Just wait and see the horrors that await us. Right now there are at least 116 confirmed cases of an extremely rare, rapidly-developing polio-like disorder called acute flaccid myelitis involving at least 22 states across our country. It attacks the spinal cord leading to children (the usual victims) with limb paralysis, facial droop, difficulty swallowing, incontinence and, if it affects the diaphragm, can lead to intubation because they can no longer breathe on their own.

I don’t know what is causing this outbreak but everyone should pay attention to this and remember that every regulation lifted is usually not to our benefit. Please remember: regulations = protections.

Catherine Fraser, Keystone Heights

Less than a cell phone

In response to a Jan. 18 letter, “Limit radiation exposure” — According to the American Cancer Society, ” … the amount of RF radiation you could be exposed to from a smart meter is much less than what you could be exposed to from a cell phone …”

“The frequency and power of the RF waves given off by a smart meter are similar to that of a typical cell phone, cordless phone, or residential Wi-Fi router. Smart meters typically send and receive short messages about 1% of the time,” according to the site.

In other words, sending emails or talking on the phone will emit more radio frequencies then smart meters.

I found this from a 30-second Google search. This information is straight from the American Cancer Society web page. I take no credit for the facts found.

You can read more here: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/smart-meters.html

Roberta Ross, Gainesville