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Not everyone favors widespread Wi-Fi

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2010

Caroline Nellis

Courier Press

21st March, 2010

I read with interest Justin Williams’ column (March 12) in which he advocated for more businesses, from gyms to bowling alleys, to offer Wi-Fi access. He seemed to believe almost everyone couldn’t wait for access, especially since it would be financially advantageous to smartphone users.

Upon reading the article, I wondered if it had occurred to him that some of the populace would not welcome ubiquitous Wi-Fi. I know of at least three people, myself included, who are among those who dread that possibility. The other two would list their reason as “bees” while mine would be “death and disease.”

Let’s talk about the bees first. You see, the two men who would pale at your suggestion are old-timers who were beekeepers for much of their lives. Both have noticed a significant drop in honeybees over the past few years.

After mulling over what the problem might be, they separately came to the same conclusion. As one of them explained to me, bees have a built-in radar system, which allows them to journey out in search of nectar.

Once a bee has found a source and collected a supply, the bee’s radar then allows it to make the return journey home.

The two beekeepers both think it oddly suspicious that, as more towers and satellites have proliferated, the bees are dying in huge numbers.

Their conjecture is that all the waves of various kinds being beamed around the planet are managing to jam the bees’ innate radar.

Since bees pollinate most of our crops, their extinction could mean our own. So, no, these beekeepers do not want Wi-Fi accessibility everywhere they go.

And neither do I, but for different reasons than mass starvation. As previously mentioned, mine can be represented by the words “cancer” and “diseases” as in “autoimmune diseases.” Although the current barrage of radio frequency exposure hasn’t been around long enough to determine its cumulative affect on our health, I am like the beekeepers in that

I think it’s interesting that the rates of cancer and autoimmune disorders are on the rise, as is our bombardment by radio frequency signals. Coincidence? Perhaps. Any number of other forms of pollution could underlie these increases in health issues.

But until time helps us determine the true causal relationships, why take the chance?

Caroline Nellis is a resident of Evansville.

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