Hydro’s mandate on smart meters a rights violation

Tom Fletcher’s column is simply promoting the party line using the demeaning style of pundits like Bill O’Reilly.

To the Editor,

I was going to write a response to Tom Fletcher’s column (Zalm joins the Hydro conspiracy club, B.C. Views, Nov. 3), but he is simply promoting the party line using the demeaning style of pundits like Bill O’Reilly.

Then there is Chris Bush’s column (New technology a matter of choice, Reporter’s Viewpoint, Nov. 8), similarly wondering why anyone would get in a tizzy over wireless radiation.

I agree with his premise that the use of new technology should be a matter of choice. The only constraint would be negative impacts on health or welfare.

Just a few decades ago, smoking was promoted using pseudo-scientific authority, claiming doctors recommended ‘this’ brand over any other.

The harmful health effects of smoking only came into public consciousness years later, against the tobacco industry’s unrelenting resistance.

Wireless technology does seem quite wonderful, convenient and innovative, but when smart meters were introduced, all choice was denied.

Initially I thought my wife, who’d researched some of the science on EMR, was overstating concerns regarding smart meters, so I did some reading myself.

I discovered that B.C. Hydro and the corporate/political machine behind the smart meter program – like cigarette manufacturers before them – lie with impunity.

No cigarette manufacturer could mandate that all people must smoke, and smoke their brand of cigarettes, yet government and hydro claim the right to impose smart meters on us all.

These meters radiate bursts of EMR that exceed Code 6 and no unbiased science can guarantee that inescapable, long-term exposure to EMR is harmless.

Clyde Kaufman

and Christina Stafford

Nanaimo