Discussion forum is needed for public debates

Many studies have been conducted to better understand potential health effects. So far the results are not conclusive.

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Kathryn Whitehead for her response to my letter of Jan. 8.  It illustrates one of the fundamental problems with this kind of public debate: intended or accidental misinterpretation of the author’s message.

I never asserted that there would be no adverse health effects from electro-magnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices such as cell phones. How could I? There are too many variables.

The point of my letter was that due to their fixed location outside our homes and their very short, low-power emissions smart meters do not pose danger to our health.

Cell phones on the other hand transmit for long periods of time and at much greater energy levels.  In addition to that, cell phones are typically kept very close to our bodies where their energy is not attenuated.

Many studies have been conducted to better understand potential health effects.  So far the results are not conclusive.

It is really important to differentiate between these two types of equipment which I was careful to ensure.

Well researched, objective studies do the same.

It would be nice to have a discussion forum for topics of local interest. Perhaps our new library could offer such a space.

Would council like to give this some thought and talk to the Okanagan Regional Library Board?

There are many well-informed residents who should be given an opportunity for free, constructive dialog.

Henry Sielmann

Summerland