2000-09-09 / Letters

Doppler Danger

Dear Editor;

This is in response to Howie Schwach’s article on the Doppler radar. Howie thinks anybody who disagrees with him is an uninformed fool, or some mental patient waiting for a visit from people from Mars.

You say that you can’t find any papers that say radar is dangerous. Let me help you Howie, try reading Microwave News. It’s published in New York City; P.O. Box 1799 Grand Central Station, New York 10163 and the editor is Louis Slesin, Ph.D. You might want to call him. Maybe after you tell him about your vast scientific knowledge about radar he will let you write for the paper.

You might find lots of scientific papers written by Dr. John R. Goldsmith, who in November 1996 in Deer Sheve Israel presented his research papers on the dangers of microwave radiation to the World Conference on radiation. You can obtain a copy of these studies by writing to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. P.O. Box 653 Beer-Sheva Israel 84105.

Before you say this guy was just another nut on some science fiction TV show let me tell you a little about him.

Dr. Goldsmith was born on January 5, 1922 in Portland, Oregon. In 1942, he attended Reed College and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega honors, then Harvard Medical School in 1945. He served several years in the Navy reserves and completed his fellowship in medicine at the University of Washington in 1955. After that, he returned to Harvard to complete a masters in public health graduating Cum Laud.

During his career, which spanned five decades, Dr. Goldsmith wrote hundreds of scientific papers and four books and was considered the world’s foremost environmental epidemiologists. He died on October 22, 1999 in Omer Israel at age 77.

He served on the editorial board of the Archives of Environmental Health Science of Total Environment Research, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Public Health Reviews and Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Goldsmith was the founding member and president of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. He was the first physician and Epidemiologist to serve in the World Health Organization in Geneva.

The doctor was the worlds leading authority on environmental epidemiology, air pollution, biostatistics, cancer, respiratory diseases, research ethics, radiation and radio frequency exposures.

In 1980, he headed the Air Pollution Medical Studies Unit of the California Department of Health Services. He was also consultant to the Surgeon General'’ Committee on smoking and health.

Dr. Goldsmith joined the medical faculty of the Ben-Gurion University in Israel where he stayed until his death.

I could go on and on, but by now, you should get it. This doctor says radar is very dangerous and you say its not. Who do you think I believe? You, the self claimed expert on radar with no credentials or the doctor.

Howie, you said "The radar is badly needed" and every time I read about your great love of the radar systems I wonder if you are a salesman for the radar manufacturers or a representative for the FAA.

I would like to point out that millions of flights have flown over the Rockaway peninsula for over 65 years. I have never heard of a plane crashing anywhere in the Rockaways, or even a minor incident involving any kind of aircraft-commercial, private or military ever. The only two crashes I can recall were near Rockaway turnpike 20 years ago where a commercial plane lost power and fell short of the runway and another overshot the runway and landed in Jamaica Bay. These tragedies could not have been avoided, even if we had 50 Doppler towers in our national parks and these incidents were outside the Rockaways. Maybe you should go back to your pals at the FAA and find the new reason why the radar is badly needed. Make sure you don’t give the real reason, as find the new reason why radar is badly needed. Make sure you don’t give the real reason, as stated in the FAA booklet to increase scheduling of flights so that Kennedy Airport can double or triple the amount of aircraft in and out of the airport. They make millions and millions of dollars and we get dangerous exposure to microwave radiation and hundreds of new flights over our heads each year. You’re right Howie "The radar is badly needed" by them, not us.

JAMES MURPHY


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