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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Luddite agenda

EDITOR: The Sebastopol City Council needs to step back and stop catering to the fanatical minority of the EMF Safety Network. The recent action to attempt a moratorium on the installation of SmartMeters was unwise, illegal and exposed the city to legal expenses it can little afford.

The pursuit of a community ban on SmartMeter technology may also expose the city to legal action by those who would be restricted from receiving the benefit of new usage data and rate plans made available by the technology.

Similarly, the recent attempt to restrict the addition of cellular antennas an existing cellular antenna towers, which was supported by council members Sarah Gurney and Michael Keyes, demonstrates their willingness to pursue actions favored by the EMF Safety Network that have little legal or scientific basis. These actions are contrary to settled federal case law regarding communication towers and risk exposing the city to additional legal expense.

If the EMF Safety Network wishes to pursue its Luddite agenda, let it be at its expense, not that of the city and the majority of citizens who wish to avail themselves of the benefit of these technologies.



Pedestrian safety

EDITOR: Much has been written about drivers hitting pedestrians and sometimes not stopping. It is a terrible occurrence. But I'm surprised there are not more of these accidents.

As a driver, I constantly see people of all ages taking off across the street looking neither left nor right, frequently while talking on cellphones, playing with iPads or visiting. They know they have the right of way, so they don't worry. Bad decision. What are they thinking? They're not.

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