Letters: Saying ‘no’ to cellphone towers

Local Sooke resident is opposed to the construction of a communications tower

Approximately one year ago, this cell phone outfit approached me at my business, (2075 Anna Marie Road) trying to convince me to allow them to install a cell phone tower on my property.  If memory serves, they required a 15 year lease, with 10 year renewals and a rental rate of approximately $600 per month.  They were very pushy and scoffed at my concerns regarding the health effects a structure like this brings to bear on people.

I did some research and consulted with Katharina Gustavs, an

expert in the field of electromagnetic and microwave radiation etc. and the effects these waves have on the human body.  Once she told me the basics of what being bathed in these waves can do to people, in particular to children and young people, I had my answer for this cell phone company.

I told them to get stuffed.  Politely, of course.

That someone is actually entertaining the thought of allowing this company to install such a hazardous structure on their property, in the heart of Sooke and within range of all the kids at Sooke Elementary, not to mention all the people who both live and work downtown, is mercenary to the extreme.  Putting people’s health at risk for an easy buck is not only irresponsible, I feel it borders on criminality.

Sooke Mountain Cycle is located within 120 meters of the proposed site, and I had not been notified that public consultation would be occurring.  I only just now read about it in the paper, and if I had known previously that this topic, which would affect me as a property and business owner, and a as person who cares about his community and environment, I most certainly would have taken the opportunity to voice my opposition to this poorly conceived idea.

Lorien Arnold

Sooke