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STOP Smart Meters COLD!
Hawaii Created: 10 May 2012
There are four main issues with Smart Meters.... Health, Privacy, Increased rates, and Big Brother Global Agenda
The Kauai Island Utility Coop has unfortunately bought into the lies coming from Department of Energy about the safety and purpose of Smart Meters and the centralized control designs of Smart Grid .
The information in KIUC literature such as "KIUC Currents" or on their website is simply advertising or propaganda. From their propaganda, the people of Kauai would be led to believe there are no controversies with Smart Grid, however, nothing could be further from the truth.
Fivety one government jurisdictions across California have banned the use of smart meters for both health and privacy issues.
There is a mountain of expert testimonies and studies which show KIUC to either be uninformed or deceptive. I feel they know for sure that they are not telling all the truth. In talking with the KIUC point person on Smart Meters, Mike Yamane, it was obvious to myself, that he had done no research on the controversies and did not know how to.
If a person wants to read government propaganda, which apparently it is his job to repeat, do a web search for "smart meter health", which is what he recommended. If a person wants to find out the truth, do a search for the discoveries of whistleblowers, such as "smart meter safety", "smart meter dangers", "smart meter risks". It is obvious KIUC had done no such research and thus their information is dis-information and a threat to our health and privacy.
The policy of many mainland power companies is to simply deny that there are any health risks of Smart Meters. KIUC has acted in concert with this criminal stance, which shows KIUC is just hopping to the tune of an unseen maestro. This is sad and shameful. As with many government agencies today, KIUC is acting as if an educated public should be avoided, and we are simply told in KIUC literature, no problem! Unfortunately people trust KIUC but if the reader scrolls through the links on this page, it will become impossible to trust KIUC statements.
Our brothers and sisters at KIUC are not fools. Why are they trying to keep us foolish?
by Ray Songtree Sept 17, 2011
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir.

Thieves Strip Copper From Cell Phone Tower
Hawaii Created: 9 May 2007
MILILANI, Hawaii -- Thieves stripped a Sprint cellular phone tower of its copper on the campus of Mililani High School.

It is not the first time that the school was hit by copper theft. In August, thieves stole six copper downspouts from the gym. The next night, thieves stole three more.

Vice Principal Jim Peterson said copper pipe has been stolen along with wiring from some of the school's portable buildings.

In the most recent case, thieves who got into the school's stadium near the press box area, ripped out wiring from a cell phone antennae.

Thieves have caused thousands of dollars in damage, Peterson said. He said that money could have benefited the students
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Source: Hawaii Channel.com, 07 May 2007

School panel votes against Maui cell phone tower
Hawaii Created: 28 Apr 2007
PUKALANI The board of directors of the Carden Academy of Maui has unanimously voted against having a 35-foot cell phone tower erected on Grace Church property leased by the school.
"As a physician with a background in biophysics, I am extremely concerned about the long-term effects of low-dose microwaves on the children of Carden Academy," said Dr. George Martin, president of the board. "Children at the school would be exposed to close proximity (less than 150 feet) microwave energy for over six hours a day, five days a week, for over nine months a year."
Martin and board Vice President Michael Maloney sent a letter to Grace Church Pastor Robb Finberg, informing him of the board's opposition to the tower and asking him to end church efforts to have the tower placed on its property, The Maui News reported.
Finberg declined comment Thursday until he had a chance to review the letter and talk to Martin.
"We're certainly disappointed the school has taken this step and voted against the site," said Kathleen Dunleavy, spokeswoman for Sprint, which owns Nextel. "We will continue to try to work out a solution. . . . One thing we need to do is provide coverage to our customers in the Upcountry area. In order to do that, we need to build towers and put up an antenna."
Last week, Honolulu-based Nextel consultant Carl Young said microwave emissions from the tower would be low and that exposure to much higher levels of microwaves in urban areas have not been found to cause adverse health effects.
On Wednesday, Martin questioned that, pointing out that workers who service towers emitting microwaves wear detectors that give off a warning signal when they are exposed to microwave energy over a certain accumulated level.
"If microwaves are safe, then why wear the detectors?" he asked.
Martin, who is a dermatologist and is board certified in internal medicine, said the board took its position against the tower because there are no long-term studies of more than 15 years on the effects of levels of microwaves on children.
The private school has an enrollment of 130 students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
School leaders don't want to risk the future health of children at the school, he said.
"Tanning booths were thought for decades to be 'safe,' and it is only over the last 10 years that we realize that they cause skin cancer and deplete the skin of its immunity," Martin said.
Children may be most vulnerable to the emissions from a cell phone tower, he said.
"Growing cells are more susceptible to damage than cells fully matured," Martin said.
The use of cell phones has not been commonplace long enough to give scientists a firm handle on the health effects of exposure to the specific microwaves used for cell phone traffic, he said.
Neighbors also oppose installation of a cell phone tower in the area. They raise health concerns as well and say the tower would be an eyesore.
Young said the tower would be disguised as a fake Mexican palm tree.
Dunleavy emphasized that Sprint/Nextel would continue working with the community on the cell phone tower project, including a possible relocation of the proposed site from the Grace Church property to a Maui Electric Co. facility already used by a Sprint antenna.
Young indicated the problem with the MECO site was that it would face a more lengthy approval process, including a review by the Public Utilities Commission.
Dunleavy said a lengthy approval process "might be something that would deter us."
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Source: The Maui News, BRIAN PERRY, 27 Apr 2007

Protests lead to removal of antennas
Hawaii Created: 2 Nov 2005
Protests lead to removal of antennas

Residents said cell phone gear caused health problems

A cellular telephone company was scheduled to remove its antennas today from the roof of a public housing project in Halawa after the residents had protested their placement more than four years ago.
T-Mobile had a five-year agreement with the state Housing and Development Corporation of Hawaii for roof space on top of the Puuwai Momi state housing project, said Derek Dahilig, state Department of Human Services spokesman. Dahilig said the agreement was to expire in January.
But because of the residents' objections, Dahilig said, the state worked with T-Mobile to get out of the contract. He said the state has agreed to pay T-Mobile $90,000 for new equipment and to transfer its antennas to another location. The antennas were turned off last month. T-Mobile had been paying the state $1,080 per month for the roof space, Dahilig said.
Puuwai Momi residents protested that the state leased the roof space without consulting them. And they said radiation from the nine antennas was responsible for health problems they experienced since the equipment were installed.
Star-Bulletin staff
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Source: Kalle Hallberg

Hawaii: Protests lead to removal of antennas
Hawaii Created: 14 Sep 2005
Potests lead to removal of antennas

Residents said cell phone gear caused health problems

A cellular telephone company was scheduled to remove its antennas today from the roof of a public housing project in Halawa after the residents
had protested their placement more than four years ago.
T-Mobile had a five-year agreement with the state Housing and Development Corporation of Hawaii for roof space on top of the Puuwai Momi state housing project, said Derek Dahilig, state Department of Human Services spokesman. Dahilig said the agreement was to expire in January.
But because of the residents' objections, Dahilig said, the state worked with T-Mobile to get out of the contract. He said the state has agreed to pay T-Mobile $90,000 for new equipment and to transfer its antennas to another location. The antennas were turned off last month. T-Mobile had been paying the state $1,080 per month for the roof space, Dahilig said.
Puuwai Momi residents protested that the state leased the roof space without consulting them. And they said radiation from the nine antennas was responsible for health problems they experienced since the equipment were installed.
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Source: Star-Bulletin staff

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