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Thank you for the cover graphics and story "Antenna Invasion" (July 23) and the rebuttal letter of reporter Grant Pick (August 13). The Reader was one of the first newspapers to air this controversy on its front page.

Now the International Association of Fire Fighters has passed a resolution to study health effects of cell towers near or on fire stations. According to the EMR Policy Institute, the IAFF, at their recent Boston convention, also supported a moratorium on new cell-tower placement until study completion.

A recent California study concentrated on six firefighters who worked up to five years in stations with cell towers. Their abnormal symptoms included slowed reaction time, lack of focus and impulse control, severe headaches, sleep deprivation, depression, and tremors. One firefighter referred to possible clouded decisions as "brain fog."

The fact that government controls cell antennas/towers' "health peril," as the Catholic archdiocese spokesman stated in your article, causes skepticism among safe-technology advocates. Our federal government assured us of the safety of asbestos, DDT, DES, and mercury in vaccines and was proved wrong.

It is better to support the precautionary principle, a better-safe-than-sorry decision process re cell antennas/towers. According to this principle, business, community groups, and the general public share responsibility to take "anticipatory action to prevent harm."

When will it be time to protect our children and ourselves from cell antennas/towers?

Barbara Alexander Mullarkey

Cofounder, Safe Technology Oak Park

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