Letters to the Editor: Jan. 15, 2020
Don't microwave our planet
While the media's attention with regard to environmental issues has been captured by climate change, fracking, and plastics in the ocean, an International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space has been quietly making its way around the world.
Signed by 4,800 scientists, 2,800 medical doctors, 770 beekeepers, 2,000 environmental organizations, and 180,000 others from 202 countries and territories, this Appeal calls on the world's governments to stop the deployment of 5G.
On Jan. 25, 2020, environmental groups are planning events in 31 capital cities so far, with more being added daily. Their goal is to stop the deployment of millions of 5G antennas on Earth and 50,000 5G satellites in space, and to secure emergency high-level meetings with officials in governments and international governmental organizations including the European Union, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.
The issue is microwave radiation, which has been steadily intensifying for over two decades courtesy of the wireless revolution. 5G will bring a huge increase in radiation, virtually overnight, everywhere — in cities, suburbs, parks, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, oceans, Greenland and Antarctica. Instead of cell towers every few miles, there will be cell towers — small but powerful — in front of every third to fifth home. Instead of 2,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, there will shortly be 50,000.
Tracy Schlanser, Aloha
No proof Trump should be impeached
Forty-six years ago, in July 1973, while lying in a hospital bed in the old wooden Portland VA Medical Center, all the television channels' broadcasts were of the President Richard Nixon impeachment hearings in Congress. I had head injuries from Vietnam and had had surgery on my right ear and was covered in bandages, so I heard very little from my left ear and wasn't wearing my eyeglasses, thus could only see the foot of my bed.
Did Nixon have prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in? Maybe. Did Nixon aid and abet the purported cover-up? Yes. Was this a serious impeachable offense? Yes.
Once again, Congress is pursuing an impeachment of a president, and for what? As per Rep. Adam Schiff "quid pro quo." Really? Since the United States became active in world politics around 1873, quid pro quo has been the standard operandi on how it conducts its foreign policies.
Africa wants 100 tons of grain so Congress requires it to implement birth control, get the picture? America sends billions in aid around the world — food, weaponry, technology and financial aid — and does it expect things in return? You betcha.
If quid pro quo is a crime, then every official in Washington, D.C., is a criminal, even Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.
Does President Donald Trump suffer from severe Stage 4 narcissism? Yes. Is President Trump a crude, rude dude? Yes. Are these attributes impeachable offenses? No, not according to my copy of the Constitution. Show me some facts.
Joe Turner, Columbia City
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