LETTER: Residents on both side of the border need to work together to fight radio towers

Many people in Point Roberts have concerns about the five radio towers being planned for a location less than 1,000 feet (300 meters) inside our international border. I worry about the 1,300 residents of the Point but also our 20,000+ friends and neighbours in Tsawwassen since the 50,000 watts will mainly be aimed towards Surrey and the rest of the Lower Mainland, pretty well blanketing Tsawwassen.

The folks living near the present location of this Canadian company’s radio antennas in Ferndale, Washington, advise us that their electro-magnetic smog can sometimes be remedied on your telephone by adding one to four filters. Televisions can be wrapped with aluminum foil to eliminate some of the interference and you MAY still be able to receive a few other AM stations. ham radios, so necessary in times of emergency, don’t work well in Ferndale.  Some say these antennas do not pose a health risk. And, yet, the new Canadian antenna farm on Highway 99 just west of Highway 91 is in the middle of farmland and far from a heavily populated area.

Whatcom County Planning burdens us with so many rules and regulations and now they have given us a two-week deadline to comment on these monstrous 150-foot radio towers which will service another country in a another language.

The installation of these towers will require a clear-cut of about five acres of beautiful woods while allowing an all-around electronic nightmare and dumping another layer of possibly dangerous electronic smog on our tiny little five-square-mile community.

My fondest wish is that “Homeland Security” via Customs and Border Protection, will shoot this radio antenna plan down because of the effects of the 50,000 watts on their employees, delicate computers, x-ray gizmos, card readers, etc. I really can’t see them wrapping everything in aluminum foil.

Some Canadians fondly (I think) call us “The Excited States of America.”

Well this American is excited… and determined. Tsawwassen folks have a reputation of taking care of their people and making things happen.

Let’s work together and stop this menace!

Armene Belless

Point Roberts

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