Reality check on 5G protests
In response to the recent protest of 5G wireless services coming to Kauai by 2020 (TGI, 5/16/19), I’m writing with a mixture of sympathy and realism.
As a cancer survivor, I’m very alert to the dangers of environmental factors that can lead to disease, such as spraying restricted-use agrochemicals on GMO test seed crops.
Futher, as a journalist who spent nearly two decades covering new technologies for media-industry trade magazines in the USA and Europe, I have actually lost writing gigs for trying to report on the health effects of microwave “wireless” transmissions. The telecom industry is “in denial” about the possible risks, in my opinion.
That said, let’s get real here.
The fifth generation (5G) of cellular services has more “bandwidth,” allowing more data to transmit faster that ever before, which supports far better services than now are possible. Based on my research, 5G is no more dangerous to our health than the existing wireless signals that already saturate almost every habitable square mile of our garden isle.
Unless people concerned about human health are willing to end all cellular services and lose all the benefits of cellphone connectivity, protesting 5G alone makes no sense.
Judah Freed, Kapaa
The safer the better
One of the recent news on our beautiful island of Kauai is the lane that is near Hanalei bridge that has been reported to our community that it will remain closed due to rain that causied a rock slide. (One lane) is now closed for 24 hours a day for several months.
Due to this extension, the community is upset, the businesses in the north will face fewer customers, and there will be traffic every single day for the next few months. It is understandable why the citizens are upset, but I believe we should do anything it takes to keep our island safe.
There won’t be any customers if lives are at stake due to the fact that many are eager for the road to be fixed right away. In order for the road to be fixed in a way to ensure the safety of our people, the effort of those who are working on solving these issues takes time.
D’Anndra Helgen, Eleele
A life almost lost in close call
Tuesday night about 9:30 p.m., I was in the left turn lane between the saimin shop and Kapaa fire station heading for Foodland. There are no street lights or crosswalk there. A woman in dark clothing with her dog was either in the lane or stepped in front of me from the right lane.
With all the cars heading south it was hard to see with all the headlights blinding me. Thank God I saw her dog because he had a white belly coat and she was right next to the southbound lane. It was about 10 feet before I saw her — good thing I was already slowed down to make my turn.
I mean, I’ve had impatient drivers pass me in this area because I’m doing the speed limit, or big trucks just tailgating trying to push people to go faster. Lucky for her I was in that lane.
My point is, can a state or county agency help this woman? If she keeps doing that, she is going to die or cause an accident one day. That includes all the bicycle riders at night with no lights or reflectors. Apparently she is well known by the people who work in the area.
Maybe the state can put a street light there. Right or wrong, when someone dies it is not good.
The good Lord sure has been looking out for me. And that woman and her dog.
Rex Nakamura, Kauai