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Wi-Fi radiation may be dangerous to your health

The Saratoga School District plans to install a Wi-Fi system near year, and I certainly hope it will be a hard-wired connection.

It is no accident that France has made a move to strongly discourage their states and provinces from allowing Wi-Fi radiation in their schools. They are proceeding with caution and encouraging the use of Ethernet connections until Wi-Fi is proven safe to expose children to.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, part of a Canadian coalition called Doctors for Safe Schools, has talked to may people whose children developed health issues since Wi-Fi was installed.

These symptoms included headaches, light-headedness and palpitations. They were often alleviated on the weekends and during school vacations. More research is in the works.

Radiation generated by cellphones penetrates more easily than the less protected and still-developing brain of the child. Research shows that cellphone towers provoke cardiac arrhythmias and research continues to be collected.

Unfortunately, school Wi-Fi systems are industrial strength compared to what is in the home. Routers mounted in hallways can blast their signal through 18 inches of cinderblock. The problem with home routers is that they’re constantly pulsing to keep the signal, thus exposing us to Wi-Fi radiation, 24 hours a day.

The solution is to hard-wire your connection. Use an Ethernet cable for your computer connection to avoid electromagnetic fields and disable the built-in Wi-Fi once you have an Ethernet connection. If you can’t switch to an Ethernet connection, use an extension connection on your Wi-Fi network plug-in to keep it at a better distance from your body.

For schools and individuals who want to learn more about protecting their students and themselves, they can read more at http://www.drsinatra.com/france-discourages-wi-fi.

Martha Winsten

Gansevoort

District still dissimulating on organic chem class

Regarding the June 18 article about the organic chemistry class at Duanesburg High School — a few thoughts and questions.

The article discusses the new curriculum policy the Board of Education has implemented in answer to dissolving the course. [High School Principal Beth] DeLuke is quoted as saying: “It really is just putting into writing what we had already been doing.” So why is this a “new” policy if it’s already being implemented this way?

DeLuke also says [Superintendent Christine] Crowley presented [the class] to the board in August 2012, thus there was not enough time to prepare. This class had run for a full semester, from January 2012 to June 2012 — with success, according to the principal and superintendent. The class already had a whole semester trial run — how is it there was not enough time to prepare?

The article also stated that the class began in January as an independent study. To clarify, it started in January 2012 as an independent study. It was offered this year [2012-13] as a full-year honors class (due to its success), since the district does not offer an AP [Advanced Placement] science for seniors.

The invitation letter came in August 2012, with a clear explanation the class would be difficult. The grading was discussed in the invite due to the 2012 semester-long trial run having grading issues. The principal changed numerical grades to passes for that class, too.

Along with grading issues, there were questions raised about withdrawal policy. There was a cut-off date of Oct. 15 for withdrawal without penalty for the organic chemistry class this school year. In January, the students were offered by Deluke a chance to withdraw without penalty — after the second quarter was completed and class ranking was being calculated for seniors. Apparently there were withdrawal issues in last year’s trial run, too. A student who withdrew this year also withdrew last year.

School board President Bob Fiorini apologized for the way this debacle has been handled and the systemic failure of the district for the six students who were removed from organic chemistry. He said at the June board meeting he wants to ensure this doesn’t happen again. That’s why the new policies.

However, curriculum wasn’t the problem — grades and withdrawal policies were.

Rita Peters

Duanesburg

The writer’s child was one of the six affected by the district’s decision to dissolve the organic chemistry class.

With CDTA, Walk to Work initiative can work

I read with interest about the Galesi Group’s proposal to turn the former Department of Social Services building on Nott Street into apartments [June 11 Gazette] . This is very positive and a forward-thinking concept that would restore a blighted building on an emerging corridor in Schenectady.

What is especially encouraging about this proposal is that it would jump-start a new Walk to Work initiative in this emerging neighborhood with its three major employers — Union College, Golub Corp., and Ellis Hospital.

The Walk to Work initiative can be supported by the strong transit service that CDTA provides along Nott Street, with connections to our entire route network just a few blocks away. Our bus service, the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, and the collective efforts of the major employers can relieve the strain on a limited parking supply. This is a sign of thoughtful planning and positive economic development.

You don’t need to build more parking garages and expansive parking lots to support exciting development. What you do need are people and organizations willing to think differently. Employment concentrations, residential vitality, a neighborhood that encourages walking, and quality transit service — what a recipe for success!

Norman Miller

Princetown

The writer is a CDTA board member representing Schenectady County.

Community organizer no match for the KGB

In 2008, candidate Obama promised to push a “reset button” on Russian relations. In 2012, President Obama assured Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev that he, Obama, would have more flexibility “after the election.”

So, how’s that working out for us?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is undaunted in his support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, undaunted in his eagerness to protect American traitor Edward Snowden, and undaunted in his determination to retain his purloined Super Bowl ring.

This is what happens when a community organizer, armed with flexibility and a reset button, goes toe to toe with a KGB colonel.

Chris Callaghan

Waterford

Don’t confuse Will’s criticism with hatred

Mr. Ray Knapik’s June 26 letter, “Why must Will always be so negative about Obama?” seems to put him in the “Don’t like the message — kill the messenger” category.

I’m sure [columnist] George Will would be more than happy to write nice things about the present administration, if there was anything good to write about. As to wanting the president to fail, of course if you disagree with a policy you don’t want it to succeed.

Concerning Will’s “spewing of hatred,” criticism is not defined as hatred; as, for instance, Mr. Obama calling conservatives the enemies of democracy.

Freedom of speech is not a great thing, it is the only thing, and you’ll just have to take it as some of us have to take the pronouncements of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, etc.

John Natale

Gansevoort

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June 30, 2013
12:52 a.m.
dan says...

As someone who installs a lot of 802.11 (aka Wi-fi) networks, I was surprised Martha Winsten's letter about Wi-fi being dangerous. This is the first I heard of it. Turns out, that's because it's completely false. I was also surprised to hear that Saratoga Springs is just now installing Wi-fi, as every school district with a budget has likely had Wi-fi for the past 10 years. Turns out, they're just upgrading their current system with more access points and a faster/more modern connection. Wi-fi is already ubiquitous. Being concerned about it at schools is like being concerned about water fountains, because it's possible to overdrink and make yourself sick. It won't happen. There is absolutely nothing to worry about. If anything, one should be far more concerned about cell phones (which talk to towers miles away) next to your body for hours every day, than Wi-fi routers (whose signal only reaches a few hundred feet) on the other side of the room every once in a while.

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