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Letters: Our children's safety should come first

I just received a letter from the city of Oregon City, letting me know that the Oregon City School District, in an apparently desperate attempt to wrench funds from corporate America, is considering allowing AT&T to construct a cell-phone tower on the grounds of McLoughlin Elementary School, “Cell tower proposed next to local school,” Jan. 15).

Apparently the 75-foot cell tower would be cleverly “disguised as a fir tree.” If it walks like a duck, it is a duck. It’s a cell tower that emits high-frequency radio waves, and NOT a fir tree. I am certainly no expert on the effects of these high frequency radio waves on human beings, but I believe that the scientific community, much like with climate change issues, is split on whether cell-phone waves have adverse health effects. Since it would be impossible to say with certainty that cell-tower radiation would pose absolutely no health risks for our children, it would be nothing but pure folly to locate a cell tower on the McLoughlin school grounds.

What’s next? Perhaps a toxic waste dump “disguised” as a playground, with funding from chemical companies? I think we need to put the safety of our children ahead of the lure for quick money, and demand that our legislators devise a real, stable funding method for schools in Oregon.

Dennis Gallagher

Oregon City

The attention they get

We wouldn’t think of driving our cars and never checking the rear-view mirror. We are alert to what’s happening in our surroundings. We are paying attention!

There are 2,700 students enrolled at Reynolds High School — 1,350 girls and 1,350 boys. Twelve of these boys will make the varsity basketball team that’s under 1 percent. Eight of these athletes will get the bulk of the playing time which is two thirds of 1 percent of the male student body population. One or two of these roundballers will play collegiate ball. We expend time, energy and money to profile and identify the one, the eight, the 12 who can best put the ball in the basket. On balance are we expending time, energy and money to identify the one, two, eight or 12 students who might be capable of placing a bullet in the chamber, ramming it home with the bolt and pulling the trigger?

We know the profile. The child is quiet, a loner, no friends, and possibly antisocial. There comes a time when we need to stop feigning surprise at these tragic school shootings. For safety on the highways we expand our focus. For safety in our schools we need to expand our focus.

We act to make school a positive for the the many. We need to act to give meaning to life for those young children who feel isolated and disenfranchised.

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone

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