There has been several letters to the editor of The News over the last few months regarding smart meters.
These letters have been written by people trying to instill fear of electromagnet radiation, EMR, when none is warranted.
We read of all the old myths of headaches, nausea and so on.
However, the writer missed a few such as the chickens stopped laying, the cows stopped giving milk, the hair fell off the llama and men would become sterile.
I have heard them all, as they have been around since the first microwave radio relay was built across Canada in the mid 1950s.
These tales surface for every new cell tower being built, Wi-Fi in schools and now with smart meters.
Manmade EMR has been around since Marconi gave us radio transmission at the end of the 19th century but also exists naturally in the cosmos.
It is only now that it is more visible, with cell phones, Wi-Fi and smart meters.
We experience it every day with everything from lightning, machinery, cordless phones, garage door remotes, keyless entry to our cars and so on.
Even that static snap heard when removing knickers from the cloths dryer gives off a burst of EMR.
All of these are very low power, as are the likes of cell phones, Wi-Fi and now smart meters.
I have 50 years of experience studying, and working with the generation, radiation, and propagation of the EMR wave.
I have lived on high power transmitting stations, microwave sites and search radars and agree that no study has found a link between exposure to EMR and cancer.
Please do not spread myths just because you do not want something.
Study the subject from reliable sources, not cherry picked trash from the Internet.
R. T. Russell, Parksville