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JEFF PERKIN, San Clemente

We are witnessing the breakdown of our illusion of “progress” in every aspect of human life. We can pretend that corporate behemoths, which stand to profit the most, have our best interest at heart, or we can wise up and take our health and well-being into our own hands.

Recently, a Sprint small-cell tower was removed from a school in Ripon, California, where multiple children got cancer.

The World Health Organization categorized wireless radiation as a possible human carcinogen in 2011, and yet, those of us who are concerned for our family’s safety are accused of fear mongering simply because we don’t want a tower on a light pole outside of our homes?

Ask yourself honestly, do you want or need one?

This technology may be “non-ionizing” (doesn’t heat), but scientists and doctors have shown in thousands of peer-reviewed studies that there are other damaging biological effects seen well below levels deemed “safe” by the outdated, 1996 federal safety standards.

Small cells in our neighborhoods will mean 24/7, close-proximity radiation, allowing our bodies no time to truly recover and repair when we need to the most—asleep in our beds.

If the citizens of San Clemente don’t act now, we may eventually have cell towers on every light pole within 100 feet of homes and possibly closer.

When will it be enough? Not only will this be an aesthetic, property-value, and digital-privacy nightmare for our beach town, but it will also create a blanket of radiation unlike anything our bodies have ever experienced, whether or not we choose to use a cell phone.

In areas of Europe, the fledgling 5G rollout has already translated to headaches, nosebleeds, insomnia, brain fog, and birds literally falling from the sky. Google it.

Are wireless advancements worth our children getting cancer? There are safer wired alternatives. Don’t take my word for it, and definitely don’t only listen to biased industry “experts.”

Listen to doctors and scientists. Please join us at the Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. We need as many critically thinking, involved people as we can get.

Thank you for caring.

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