Cell towers no threat to health
A recent letter claimed that a new cellphone tower on Southland Drive would be a health hazard. Twenty years ago Paul Brodeur claimed that cell telephones were causing cancer. None of the many studies since has shown any such connection; if there is a health effect, it is very small.
It is impossible to prove no effect (for statistical reasons), so "a possibility" is left; this does not mean an effect is likely. There are 20 times as many cell telephone users as there were when the original claim was made (plus many new uses for microwaves in wifi networks), but no observed increase in cancer rates.
Einstein won the Nobel Prize for explaining when electromagnetic radiation is able to cause a chemical reaction (such as sunburn, photosynthesis, vision or cancer). The rule is straightforward: the frequency has to be high enough. The frequency of microwaves used in cell phones is over a thousand times too low to break a chemical bond; for that reason they cannot have a health effect. If you absorb a lot of microwaves at once, you will get a heating effect, but that is the same as warming from sunlight. Indeed, sunlight is much more dangerous to you than cell telephone microwaves.
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There is no science reason to oppose cell telephone towers.
Joseph P. Straley
Kentucky does not require dentists to inform patients about using mercury amalgam (silver) fillings. Mercury is classified as a neurotoxin, which negatively affects our nervous system.
The International Academy of Oral Health and Toxicology has published a position statement that can be found at http://iaomt.org/wp-content/uploads/IAOMT-2013-Position-Statement.pdf.
The city of Lexington needs to protect its citizens by requiring dentists to provide informed consent to all their patients. Patients should have the right to decide for themselves whether they want to risk exposure to mercury. Please contact your Lexington-Fayette Urban County council member to express your support of this initiative.
Lexington VA great
Thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at the Lexington Veterans hospital. After being diagnosed with cancer in January and completing some research, I decided to find the best possible care.
It was a great surprise to learn that the Lexington VA has the best colorectal surgeon in the area, Dr. Jon Hourigan.
I was teamed up with Hourigan for surgery and Dr. Susan Liddle of the the John D Cronin Cancer Center of Lexington and Richmond. The physicians and their professional and caring staff made my battle with the horrible disease so much easier for me and my family.
I spent eight days on the VA hospital's fifth floor for my first surgery and four days on the third floor for my second surgery. Not one day went by that I did not receive the best medical care offered anywhere in this country.
While the VA is getting such bad publicity elsewhere I am proud to say that Lexington has the greatest VA hospital around.
We should all be proud to have this great hospital in our community. I am glad to say that I am now cancer free due to all of those professionals and our God above.
Too busy for farmers
Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years — too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers.
McConnell doesn't seem to recognize that agriculture is one of Kentucky's signature industries and that the state is still working to recover from the loss of what was once its major crop, tobacco.
He needs to visit Kentucky now and then for other than media appearances and fund-raising dinners with his wealthy supporters. He would learn more about the problems ordinary farmers are facing — information he could take back to the Senate committee hearings he has missed consistently since 2009.
It's obvious that McConnell is much more interested in his own political future than in the future of Kentucky agriculture.
Low opinion wrong
Sen. Mitch McConnell seems to think that Eastern Kentuckians are too stupid to do anything but mine coal. I think he's wrong.
Elmer R. Olson