Letters to the Editor, April 12, 2019

5G; fire merge

PSE pole problem

It appears as though Verizon is getting their Is dotted and Ts crossed for a Puget Sound Energy pole to be placed in Wilderness Rim to lay the groundwork for their 5G technology.

The notice states this will include three or six antennas (conflicting information) with cabinets (sounds like something we’d have in our homes), and fails to mention the impact to wildlife (their State Environmental Police Act, SEPA, checklist didn’t list any birds or animals in the area) or the numerous antennas that will also be needed to “boost” the signal throughout this wooded neighborhood.

As more residents become aware of 5G technology and the potential health risks to humans and our wildlife this is not something we want in our neighborhood, not to mention seeing this pole each time we leave our residence or come back to our homes. I feel this should also be a growing concern to King County and our local real estate agents, as this has the potential of devaluing our properties, making it a less desirable place to raise families or have a home in a more natural setting.

There have been numerous studies done regarding this technology, and the Internet is awash with information and concerns around 5G. The deadline for comments stated on the notification is April 8. Due to growing community concern I am requesting PSE to not move forward in replacing the pole or allowing Verizon (and their antennas) to have access in our community.

Sylvia Salais

North Bend

Now is the time

I am a Fall City resident, former Fire District 27 volunteer, and current Fire District 27 firefighter. I ask you to join me in voting “Yes” on Proposition 1.

As a third-generation firefighter, I have seen a lot of change in the fire service over the last 30 years. Gone are the days of volunteers responding from home, responding to emergencies with just one person, and fighting fire with minimal equipment. Today’s standards require certain equipment, and at least three firefighters at a fire to rescue someone. Fire District 27 is upon these changes.

There have been multiple times, even in the last few months, that someone has called 911, and received only two firefighters. This is unacceptable as a citizen, and as a firefighter. Three person minimum is something the firefighters have been asking for for years, but the fire district can’t provide.

Unfortunately, there are rumors and misrepresentations being spread by the opposition, meant to confuse, deceive, and ultimately scare our community into voting “No.” This information is false and misleading. To clarify the rumors:

The fire station in Fall City will continue to provide services to Fall City.

Guaranteed three person career staffing 24/7/365.

More than 75 percent of taxpayers will see a tax decrease in 2019

Please contact the fire chief if you have any questions or concerns. He has all of our best interests at heart and will give you the straight facts. Chief Chris Connor can be reached at 425-222-5841 or via email at cconnor@king27fire.com.

Shaun Baker

Fall City


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