Letters for the week of April 14, 2021

5G debate is important

In response to the letter “5G Malarkey,” I would propose that the author re-read my original letter on 5G more carefully, and read the massive number of peer-reviewed studies available on “Washington for Safe Technology” website. Thousands of those studies demonstrate the damage done by even 3G and 4G wireless technology, including the effects of EMF and RF radio frequency radiation on pollinators and birds.
The “Stop 5G Bellingham” Facebook page has 435 members, some of whom are public officials like PUD commissioner Atul Deshmane and one Bellingham City Council member. These are not anti-vaxxers (though there are a few vaccine skeptics, not out of proportion to the general population). As a leader of the local 5G and SpaceX Global protest, I can attest that I am definitely not anti-vax.
Please see the movie 5G Beware on YouTube, made in Bellingham by Jen and Thomas Durant, which features Atul, Jon Humphrey, and Dr. Linda Goggins of SeaMar clinic who discuss nonionizing radiation effects on human health. The current lawsuit by Environmental Health Trust versus the Trump FCC is winning against 5G in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
I challenge the writer to actually read the content of the “New Hampshire Commission on Emerging 5G Technologies” recommendations before making ill-advised statements. As I recall, there were “scientists” hired by the tobacco companies to cast doubt on the veracity of health impacts, just as we are now seeing with telecoms and 4G/5G antennae. What is becoming more evident is the connection with the military-industrial complex and the militarization of space, consistent with Biden’s newly released Pentagon budget increase.

—Dianne Foster, Bellingham

Wireless debate is important

I realize there are people in our community who are concerned by technological change and don’t necessarily understand the reasons why some technological changes are beneficial and others may not be beneficial. Unfortunately, we do not advance the discussion by saying others concerns are “malarkey.” It is harder and more important to engage.
In the case of electromagnetic emissions and their cumulative impact on living systems, the needed work has not been done. Our FCC and telecom industry has failed to do the work. So local governments are having to adapt and problem-solve with almost no support.
To some extent the correct analogy to 5G is glyphosate, Monsanto, and the USDA. There are some claims against glyphosate that are over-reaching and there is also the concern over glyphosate cumulative impact as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, chelator, as well as herbicide. In general, our industry often launches products without complete consideration of their co-effects.
For sure wireless communications delivers information, but what are its co-effects? Subsequent research is showing that that living cells also respond to the signals from wireless and these signals even cause oxidative stress (disease susceptibility). Reasonable people should be concerned with growing evidence of these relatively newly discovered mechanisms (e.g. voltage gated calcium channels).
Almost the entire defense of wireless is based on decades-old research that is based on a living cell being like a “resistor.” However, almost all the body of concern is based on a more realistic assessment of the living cell modeled as a complex system of resistors, capacitors, inductors, switches, reactors, plants, etc. I am familiar with modeling complex dynamic systems, by the way.

—Atul Deshmane, Bellingham

Help children thrive

A heartfelt thank you to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan Delbene for voting to pass the important supplemental package with $10.8 billion for the international response to COVID-19 to help with relief for our brothers and sisters in dire straits around the world.
The World Bank estimates that there could be 110 to 150 million people who could fall back into extreme poverty. The non-governmental organization network (including Catholic Relief Services), which works on the ground in countries and is assessing ongoing needs that include health needs to mitigate the humanitarian, economic and social impacts of the pandemic by protecting the most vulnerable and fostering a more sustainable recovery in the future.
The Catholic Relief Services Chapter of Bellingham asked support and advocacy for the Global Child Thrive Act. Our senators and representatives endorsed the act in 2020 and passed it as a way to help young children thrive by stimulating their minds with games, songs and activities that will help their young intellect, so they have a better chance to be productive citizens of the world.
We can make great things happen when we all work together.

—Nancy Wopperer, Bellingham

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