via voice mail
The words were Darrell’s, not the writer’s. — Editor
Field Trip Needed
I’ve always loved picking up your paper and reading through it, but recently in your April 28 edition, on page 121 (“Off the Cuff”), I came across a joke that you published that I was extremely disgusted at! The joke stated, “What did the blind, dumb, and deaf kid get for Christmas?” Answer: “Cancer.”
There are so many people in the world who are suffering from having these disabilities and challenges! This isn’t a joke, and it’s in extremely poor taste and insensitive! Displaying this “joke” just conveys the message to the public that your paper has no class and says it’s okay to make fun of folks who suffer from cancer and physical disabilities. Have some decency.
Perhaps you and the folks who work for your establishment should take a short trip to a hospital and cancer center to learn about what survivorship is all about.
By the way, thanks for displaying the moron who came up with that joke. Now we’ll all be able to see what another idiot looks like in our society!
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Re “Smart Meter? Her Heart’s Not in It” (“City Lights,” April 28). The article tries to compare smart-meter radiation with cell-phone radiation. There is a vital piece of information missing and a neglected fact of physics to make the comparisons useful in deciding the intensity of radiation received.
The missing information is the relative power of the transmitted signals of cell phones and smart meters. SDG&E says the powers are similar, so I’ll take their word for now. Even rough estimates will be good enough for a ballpark analysis. If this assumption is incorrect, the adjustment for real values is simple.
In physics there is a law explaining the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (radio, TV, light, smart meters, and cell phones) called the inverse square law, which says that electromagnetic wave radiation intensity diminishes as the square of the distance from the source.
Using my assumption above of equal power transmissions, and assuming that the cell-phone research measured the radiation intensity one inch inside the skull next to the phone’s antenna, here’s what physics says. If you stood next to your friend’s cell phone, with your head 12 inches (one foot) away from the antenna, you would receive 12 x 12 = 144 times less radiation (inverse square). It would be unusual, and probably difficult, for most people to get closer to a smart meter than three or four feet. Taking three feet— 36 inches — the radiation to your head would be 36 x 36 = 1296 times less than the cell-phone research measurements one inch inside your skull. A difference in power densities inside your head of over 1000 times can’t be usefully compared.
Radiation inside the house, near the meter, would be practically nonexistent. The meter is mounted in a grounded metal box, which acts as a reflector, just like a satellite dish.
In passing, since microwave ovens also use electromagnetic waves, I hope Ms. Foster doesn’t have one in her home, since there is known leakage, small but permitted by product safety laws, and the above physics applies to them also.
Come Back, Bimbo
I’m calling about an article in the Reader a couple of weeks ago (“Stringers,” April 7), and I think there was a letter as well, about the Bimbo Bakery in Clairemont Mesa. I was a customer there for 30 years, and I got the shock of my life, too, when I showed up and found they were closed. I have a freezer, so I keep a large amount of bread there, so I only go there maybe once every three or four months. I went to the store the other day, and I purchased a small loaf of raisin-cinnamon bread, and to my surprise, I paid $4.90 for it, and I always was able to get it at Bimbo’s for about $2.30. I really miss them. They promised they might open up again. Please let us know when it is. I really miss them a lot. Very reasonable. So the bread was a day old — you’re getting it in the store a day old anyway, but at Bimbo’s it was so much cheaper.
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