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11/7/2013 3:31:00 PM
Letter: Don't let facts get in the way of shaping opinion


I believe Deborah Crincoli misunderstood George Skoblin's letters about smart meters.

I do not have Mr Skoblin's letters in front of me, but I do not recall him ever saying electromagnetic radiation was harmless. Whether it is, or not, at low levels, is still debatable.

What he did say is that some of the same people who are afraid of smart meter radiation, have no problems blabbing on a cell phone, held inches from their brain, for hours on end, exposing themselves to tens of thousands as times as much radiation as smart meters will ever emit.

EMF radiation, in the same frequency range, is EMF radiation, regardless of the whether you approve, or disapprove of the source of the EMF radiation.

Of course if one has already made up their mind, they do not wish to be confused with facts.

Doug Melton

Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Although European Union bureaucrats are directing member nations to have at least 80% of households equipped with smart meters by 2020, Germany, poster child for 'green' energy expenditures, is not moving to do so. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The objective reason is that Ernst & Young has produced a report showing that energy savings from smart meters installed in Germany would be insignificant. Why spend billions of Deutschmarks on something that offers no benefit?

The subjective reason is that a large number of Germans have lived under oppressive regimes where the State can always find ways to use personal data to harass and persecute anyone suspected of being a threat to the status quo. They fear that the meter data could be misused.

Given our government's increasing mandates and targeted retribution against groups it finds inconvenient, that's not an unreasonable fear here in the U.S.

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Article comment by: Get it?


Facts bad

Opinion Good

My opinion is that you guys aren't so smart.
Now remember the above.


Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: 54 ACTUAL scientists vs. Cynthia Brumfield

So where does SHE get her money?

"Most recently, she spent three-and-a-half years studying a little-known but important sector of the communications world, utility communications, serving as Director of Research at the Utilities Telecom Council, a trade association that represents the telecommunications and IT interests of the utility industry. At UTC, Ms. Brumfield concentrated on the role of telecommunications in the development of smart grid technology, producing original research studies on the technology that modern utilities companies use, the economic benefits of smart grids and other cutting-edge topics. She designed and primarily authored a major government-funded research study in Canada assessing the benefits of utility-owned communications networks in comparison to outsourced telecommunications. She also authored a high-impact study on the communications needs of utilities, which was based on original focus group and survey research, in addition to many other internal and public studies, including a strategic assessment of satellite usage by the utility industry."


Maybe you should spend that extra minute to see just WHO is telling you your BS. OH, she gets PAID by the UTILITIES . . . what else would she say? You don't bite the hand that feeds ya . . .

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: The attached quote and link seem to make sense -

It's hard to reason with folks that are so invested in their position.

"But at this point, the passion of smart meter opponents is unwavering and unresponsive to the somewhat traditional, rational responses these industry efforts put forth. In a way it almost resembles the irresolvable debate between faith and science, with one side rooted in passionate belief and the other reliant on cold, hard scientific facts, baffled by the believers."


Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Barnaby Wild

Dear, OMG LOL,
It's OK to admit you don't understand the science. EMF radiation is radiation of a certain frequency band. X radiation is another frequncy band. Ultraviolet is another band. Microwave is another commonly used band.

We know that ecsessive X rays are harmful.
We know that excessive ultrviolet rays are harmful.
We know that excessive microwave radiation is harmful.
And probably, excessive EMF radiation is harmful. The intersting health question is: How much EMF is harmful?

Mr. Melton is pointing out that your cell phone (held close to your brain for extended periods) is delivering the lion's share of EMF to your brain. Other sources (like smart meters) don't contribute much to the total exposure.

Hope that helps.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: OMG LOL

Is this letter for real?

Or is it a joke?


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