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Letters June 12-19 

In Response to, Tower Tussle (6/14)

I cannot agree with the parents of Amity Creek children that there should be no cell tower anywhere near that school.

The science regarding exposure is thin but reassuring. Cell tower, cell phone and wireless radiation is not the sort associated with damage to our cells, cancer or brain damage. I would like to see more research. However, there will be no careful study of any consequences of cell tower radiation as congress has declined to consider funding the large, decades long effort needed to reveal some subtle effects.

How much research would convince these worried parents? I don't think they could ever be convinced. There is excellent rock solid data on immunization safety and effectiveness but 20 percent of Amity Creek children are under immunized — the second lowest rate in eastern Oregon. If thorough study of a topic was enough to convince worried parents, the immunization rate at Amity would be 100 percent. Instead, "We have done our own research" was the ignorant claim of parents of many of the un-and-under-immunized children. I cared for some of these kids who attended Amity Creek!

Trinity Episcopal Church does good work with our indigent and homeless people and some extra funding could be well used.

The people who rely on cell service are exactly the families who don't send their children to Amity Creek: the poor and undereducated. They don't have landlines, expensive cable and home networks and several devices per family member. The indigent families I worked with at Mosaic Medical and COPA included many from the neighborhood of Amity Creek or who ate at Family Kitchen. Their cell phones are their only connection with jobs, utilities, schools and emergency services. They don't need dropped calls.

For better or worse, our children are awash in low power radiation from cell service, their phones, games, tablets and household networks. The proposed cell tower at Trinity Church will make little difference in our children's exposure. Come back in thirty years and we will know if we have made a good choice.

— Peter Boehm MD, retired pediatrician.

New Strategy Will Mean Paying To Park In Downtown Bend (6/12)

Yet another good reason to have moved out. Now even fewer reasons to go downtown when parking is at cost and a mess. The downtown businesses will suffer, especially during the 'fewer tourist' time periods. This isn't going to encourage locals or people from other nearby C.O. towns to want to "day visit" Bend. Hope the tourism can carry you and be fully responsible for your making your margins business wise.

— Ann Fox, via facebook.com

Funny how when you give away a public asset then discover it really makes complete sense to charge for it people come unglued. There is zero financial benefit to free parking to anyone but the people who are using it for the temporary storage of their car—and they complain bitterly about how inconvenient it is when the closest spot is a block from their destination.

— Jim Roberts, via facebook.com

Maybe Bendites will practice more commute options.

— Seth Gehman, via facebook.com

For those of you who don't know, downtown actually used parking meters, at least until the mid-80s.

— Rachel Stemach, via facebook.com

In Response to, The White People Problems Usually Discussed in the Letters to the Editor (6/14)

Does ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) not arrest whites too? This author is racist for making such assumptions and for putting human beings into baskets for skin color, seemingly for political purposes. SMH.

— Makulu Danno, via bendsource.com

Bend Sixth Graders Ponder Climate Change

Climate Change is affecting our environment right before our very eyes. Everyday we get into our cars and drive to the store to buy things that we don't need. On our way to the store we are burning fossil fuels and releasing them into the atmosphere. Once we get to the store, we walk inside and buy something we all know we don't need. The story of that item is much bigger than you think.

For instance, a pencil. The wood is supplied by trees in California (which are being cut down leaving us with less oxygen and more carbon dioxide) and are shipped to China. That is a distance of 7,252 miles. The rubber for the eraser is shipped from Brazil. That's another 10,329 miles. The list goes on. Eventually the pencil is made in China and shipped all around the world including right here to Central Oregon. All of the items we buy have a story and that story goes on for miles.

The airplanes and semi trucks we use to ship everything that we purchase to our stores are polluting our environment letting off greenhouse gases. Central Oregon can and will be affected. One way is the mountains. People come from all over to ski and snowboard. Global warming is causing less precipitation and in a few more decades, the snow on the mountains could be gone. Bye-bye skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor and the other Cascade Mountains that are open for recreation.

Buying local is a good alternative. Or you could grow produce in a garden. Either one of these are good ideas because they emit less fossil fuels and greenhouse gasses into the environment which slows down global warming. Carpooling, biking or using public transportation are also plusses because that is less fossil fuels from cars and trucks. Put down the screen and go for a walk; saving electricity reduces your carbon footprint.

In conclusion, we are the cause of climate change. We are destroying our own environment right before our very eyes, but we can change that by making sure to buy local, grow our own produce, and use our transportation wisely.

— Eleanor Talbott, Sixth Grader at Pacific Crest Middle School

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