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Don’t be afraid, embrace tech

Dear editor:

I was baffled by two letters in the June 20 edition of The Herald by Sherry Ure and Hans Karow.

I wonder, do these two people have cell phones? It seems pointless that two or 200 people complain about wireless gas meters, when I’m sure the new hospital is mostly wireless, hence the need for a new cell tower.

I was 34 years old before I had my first phone, and then we had a four-party line. Yes, I’m that old, and yes, I have a cell phone.

I also have a computer, so that I can send letters to the editor – wirelessly.

Leonard Smith


Editor wrong to dismiss EMF fear

Dear editor:

Re: “Health Canada aims questioned,” Herald, Letters, June 21

It has been brought to my attention that a cell tower is being planned to be placed very near a hospital in Penticton.

It has also been brought to my attention that “you” need to be held to account for a “false” out of date SC6 statement which does not include the type of radiation which cell towers emit.

Safety code 6 is outdated by decades and even an update from Health Canada of 2015 still says not to worry. Wireless is safe… just like tobacco and asbestos.

There are thousands of independent studies (i.e. peer reviewed, true science) which show harm from cell tower radiation. Take a look at the NTP and Ramazzini studies both taking over 10 years to complete and results released in 2018. Lloyd’s of London refuses to insure mobile manufacturers against risks to user’s health!

Sharon Armstrong

Maple Ridge

Dear editor:

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 ignores the proven DNA damaging effects of non-ionizing radiation on all life. It only provides protection from unwanted thermal (heating) effects.

The wireless industry removes funding from any researcher finding health damage due to wireless radiation exposure and daring to publish such information. Wireless industry promoters, much like those in the past promoting pesticides, tobacco, asbestos and other toxic products, do everything possible to downplay any real facts becoming common knowledge. 

Current Safety Code 6 exposure limits are still based on what industry developed in 1996 to ensure damaging health effects are ignored. 

Calling for more studies while ignoring what is already known just delays the inevitable truth that we are all being slowly killed by the unnatural and invisible pulsed microwaves emitted by all wireless devices. 

Most of our government and health authorities still remain ignorant of the actual research first done by the military and proving wireless radiation does damage health, and at levels far below those of Safety Code 6. This information has been known for almost 80 years, yet the wireless industry does not want you to know the real facts as they continue to inundate humanity with cell phones, smart meters and other devices. 

Even though their profits are in the trillions of dollars, the health risk is so great that no insurance company will provide health damage coverage for any of them.  Do a bit more research before parroting how protective Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is. 

Understand the propaganda and brainwashing being done in the world today to make sure you keep buying more wireless devices. Then you might wake up like many others have done to realize the insanity of continuing to use any type of wireless technology. 

So far, there is no proof of any "safe" exposure limit, but lots of proof the wireless technology is health damaging and cumulative.

Finlay MacPherson

Hagensborg, B.C.

Dear editor:

Unfortunately, my wife Sharon and I are EMF refugees. I was an “early adaptor,” back when cell phones were Motorola “bricks” and wireless routers were still a novelty. 

Because exposure to EMF is cumulative, we both became electro sensitive and at various times ended up in the hospital with heart rhythm issues. We developed most of the symptoms of long term EMF exposure that you can research on sites such as www.stopsmartmetersbc and www.takebackyourpower.net

We moved from semi-rural Chilliwack to semi-rural Keremeos, near Penticton, to escape the negative health effects of the smart meter rollout. When smart meters were installed in Keremeos we paid the “legacy fee” and still got sick from our neighbours’ smart meters and wifi.

We moved from Keremeos to a village in rural south Alberta, where we were safe until the smart meters were activated here. We are now experiencing those same familiar health issues.

We don’t know what we will do when 5G rolls out – especially with Elon Musk’s space-based 5G network.  As an ex-marketing manager, though, I can tell you it isn’t a viable business plan to make your customers sick and eventually kill them – especially when there are much safer alternatives. 

Clive Edwards

Lomond, Alta.

Cruise disapponts with road closure

Dear editor:

I loved the Peach City Beach Cruise, spectacular weather and turn out. I would like to give a very special thank-you to all the volunteers. This show would not be possible without them.

The only big downfall was the public was not allowed to drive down lakeshore. I even heard of some at motels going home early in disappointment.

The cruise down Lakeshore is a big attraction not only to car enthusiasts but locals with mobility problems. Parking was a nightmare. If safety from burnouts is the issue a remedy would be to install portable cameras with a sign warning of not only the cameras but the penalties. I believe this would deter any future issues.

People want the cruise back. It was the biggest conversation piece at the show. I hope a solution to bring back the Lakeshore cruise can be obtained for next year.

Penticton used to be known for being such a fun place. Let’s not turn it into Boringville.

Clifford Martin


Dear editor:

Well another beach cruise has been and gone.

To say we were both shocked and angered to see the entire Lakeshore blocked would be putting it mildly. Can’t imagine where the reasoning came from for this ridiculous idea. After all, isn’t that where the “cruise” comes into the name of the event?

So many vehicles to admire that weren’t able to be viewed by many due to the total road closure. Furthermore, the signs said closure was from 2 p.m. on. We went down around 11 a.m. Friday and it was blocked already. Really?

Friday night the 100 block of Main Street was open in the evening so it opened up parking. Saturday night it remained closed. Why the difference?

We enjoyed the parade and the park entertainment. Unfortunately the total road closure ruined it for many of us.

Herb and Gail McCarthy


Treat it like a real emergency then

Dear editor:

The Liberals have declared a national climate emergency. Unsurprisingly, this coincided with their approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline, illustrating their claim to be supportive of both our economic well-being and the environment.

Sorry, it just isn’t possible claim virginity while in a visible state of pregnancy.

If this is a national emergency, like the Second World War, shouldn’t we be taking immediate and drastic actions to respond? These might include a shutdown of air travel, limitations on trucking, gasoline and electrical rationing, restricted cement and steel production and a ruthless crackdown on plastics. Golf courses, parks and pot plantations would be arbitrarily repurposed for more carbon-worthy Victory Gardens.

Pipelines would no longer be an issue because of reduced domestic consumption and a ban on oil and gas exports. An enormous project would be undertaken to rebuild the national dream with rail service restored for all Canadian communities.

Politicians and bureaucrats would be required to lead by example by abandoning air travel and removing air conditioning from government offices.

All travel would be by rail.

Climate remediation knows no international boundaries.

The UN process isn’t working, so we would need to issue ultimatums to the five biggest climate offenders; the EU, China, the U.S., Russia and India, to correct their environmental behaviour. Diplomatic and trade relations would be severed in the event of their non-compliance.

Ultimately, we would be obliged to declare war on recalcitrant nations because of their infliction of climate injustice and suffering on the Canadian people.

Crikey! Maybe it’s not a real national emergency after all. It’s wrong for people in responsible positions to promote public hysteria and frighten the children this way. Thankfully, we haven’t had a real emergency with these bozos in charge.

Canada only creates 1.6% of carbon emissions, versus 66% by the five big offenders, so whatever hardships we may impose on ourselves are meaningless unless we can gain the active co-operation of the rest of the world.

A national government must select its words carefully because people listen; and there can be real consequences. The Liberals made the same mistake by accepting the assertion of genocide from the MMIWG Inquiry. Beware of the boy who cries wolf once too often.

John Thompson                


Jobs, dollars seem to outrank all

Dear editor:

Shovels in the ground.

Shovels in my heart.

Jobs, jobs, jobs….

How many, for whom, and how permanent?

“Full speed ahead.” Why?

“Good for Canada,” but not good for our West Coast – Alberta’s pipeline.

Joy Lang


Trump looking for some trouble?

Dear editor:

Is Self-destruct Trump provoking and enraging an Iranian wasps’ nest into a worldwide butt-bitten crisis?

Joe Schwarz


Don’t give him that much credit

Dear editor:

In the last two plus years, Donald Trump has shown the world that he is a bully, a blowhard and an insecure leader.

In many cases he was ready “to shoot first and ask questions later.”

No, he hasn’t made a common sense move ( he seems devoid of same) by rethinking things and being proactive. Instead, he has shown reactive “knee-jerk reactions” and for whatever reason has retracted, reneged, postponed, held off (call it what you will) these actions.

It isn’t because he has a conscience as he would try to make us believe either. This is his way of trying to save face, I suspect.

Perhaps Trump should take a page from Teddy Roosevelt’s book on foreign policy. Roosevelt penned “The Big Stick Policy.” It reads as follows: “Speak softly and carry a big stick is a proverbial saying advising the tactic of caution and non-aggression, backed up by the ability to carry out violent action if required.:

Trump stated that he was within 10 minutes of launching an attack on Iran and then he suddenly back tracked. Why is anyone’s guess! He may have paid attention to the War Powers Resolution as outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Again, who knows!

The War Powers Resolution requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30-day withdrawal period, without a Congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force or a declaration of war.

We may never know the real reason that things were rescinded.

Maybe it’s just as well! However, this turn of events again lets us know the length and depth of Trump’s egomaniacal

(psychological egotism) ways.

Ron Barillaro


Society enabling drug addictions

Dear editor:

The overabundance of drug addicts in our city has resulted in increased crime, has caused our beaches, parks and public lawns to be hazardous to our heath and turned public spaces into filthy garbage pits.

Why is Penticton tolerating this? Why are these drug doused individuals allowed to shoot up in public? Why are they allowed to steal shopping carts and keep them to haul all their garbage around our town? Why are they allowed to sleep on city property after 10:30 p.m.?

Why are we allowing drug addicts to lower our standard of living here? Why can't this city implement a shopping cart retrieval program so these individuals can only cart what they can carry? Why can't this city implement a bicycle licence fee for $5 with registered owner and serial numbers which would allow RCMP to check proof of ownership?

Why can't this city implement a no loitering/overnight camping ban on public property? When do we stop enabling them? When do we adopt a zero tolerance level? When do we start deterring their despicable lifestyle??

Debby Sumka


Council has not earned that raise

Dear editor:

I can't believe that this mayor and council are getting a raise, it seems they were just voted in.

You must do something deserving of a raise, for example have you ever seen the garbage and all the weeds growing along the curbs and cracks, in urban areas of the city you yourself call a beautiful city?

Just take your councillors and yourself, Mr. Mayor, for a stroll along the open streets of this beautiful city that you call it, and just see the rats nest it is. You can spray the weed until the cows come home, all you're doing is changing the colour from green to brown. They must be pulled.

That gives me an idea. Why don't you hire some of the street people to pick these weeds and pick up garbage? I'm sure they would like to make an "honest" dollar and maybe it will give them a feeling of pride!

A raise for what?

Gladwin Douglas


Polluters still getting a free ride

Dear editor:

Although I’ve never (nor likely ever will) own or operate any form of motor vehicle, there are many green-minded people who rely upon their fossil-fuel powered cars (though likely still efficient) since they haven’t had a monetarily feasible opportunity to acquire an electric vehicle.

Also, I believe it’s no coincidence that the first thing upon his party’s entry into office after an election won in part with fossil fuel industry donations, Premier Doug Ford cancelled government rebate incentives for electric car buyers in Ontario.

It was claimed by many even outside of Ontario that governments shouldn’t subsidize electric vehicles – all the while profitable oil and LNG companies are heavily subsidized by taxpayers!

Meanwhile, our supposedly environmentally concerned federal government, besides yet again deciding in favour of tripling the dirty-energy diluted bitumen oil flow via Trans Mountain, early this year gave the increasingly outdated fossil fuel sector 12 times as much subsidization as they allocated towards clean renewable energy technology innovations.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock