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So why aren't there federal health standards for EMF? Since researchers predict potential cases of leukemia and other carcinogenic agents from high levels of EMF, why hasn't the EPA allotted money to research this issue? Don't Americans want tangible results that affect the health of everyone?

Consumer groups instill fear in the naive and gullible, and this leads to mass hysteria, making some people believe that things are going from better to worse, with no solutions to the problems. The city employees working at Riverside should leave the potential risks from exposure to EMF to the experts.

Robert Stewart Denchfield
Miami Beach

Powell Way Overcharged?
Was Robert Andrew Powell buzzed when he wrote the article on electromagnetic fields? It contains misleading information. For example, the American Physical Society's statement, based on fifteen years of research, says "there is no significant, consistent link between cancer and power line fields."

[Dr. Sam Milham's] equating electromagnetic field emissions with tobacco smoke is laughable to most physicists.

The article states that an outside consulting firm reported measurements for EMF at the city building but made no recommendations "because the effects of EMF have not been clearly defined or accepted by the scientific community or regulatory agencies studying them." As Powell admits, there are no federal standards on exposure levels. So why quote the consultants?

The count of 6.0 milligauss measured in the northeast corner of the building's lobby loses its shock value when you learn that an electric can opener emits 280 milligauss.

Anyway, Powell should be congratulated for his science fiction skills.
Barbara Brodbar
Miami

The Strife of Brian
In the interest of keeping the record straight, I would like to bring to your attention some information that wasn't entirely accurate in Judy Cantor's wonderful story on Kanpech ("Touching Up Haiti's Roots," May 16).

Kanpech was brought to my attention by Brian Rochlin, who later became product manager of the Coconut Grove Recording Company. Brian has been a long-time supporter of Haitian music, and remains quite active in the local music industry. He is also a close friend of Lolo from Boukman Eksperyans, who had given Kanpech's demo to him. Brian worked tirelessly to bring this project to light, and deserves recognition for the work he did.

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to clear this up and for publishing such a compelling story about a band that has truly touched my heart.

Peter Wetherbee, general manager
Coconut Grove Recording Company
Coconut Grove

We Print News, Dave, Not Petitions
Put up or shut up. Jim DeFede has written an eye-opening series of articles on the proposed new arena ("Micky Arison Is a Greedy Corporate Pig," April 25, May 2, May 9). Quite convincing, in fact.

Now why not go that extra mile and offer to print Dan Paul's petition in the paper so that New Times readers can sign it, mail it back to Mr. Paul, and the issue can be placed on the November ballot.

Dave Copeland
Miami

Alms to Armani
Regarding "Micky Arison Is a Greedy Corporate Pig," as usual, Jim DeFede is right, and as usual, Miami Heat vice president Mark Pray (vice president of what A kissing Micky Arison's ass?) is wrong ("Letters," May 16).

Micky Arison is a greedy corporate pig. The proof is the 28 percent rise in the cost of my season tickets, from $39 to $50 A on top of the rise last year. Averaging more than twenty-points-per-game losses to the Bulls, and then raising ticket prices, is outrageous. Jim DeFede misled no one, Mr. Pray.

Mr. Pray and his Heat cronies ought to pray to the god of Armani that Pat Riley pulls something out of the free-agent market besides stiffs we don't need. Otherwise the Miami Arena will look like Love Canal next season: empty, but still a dangerous place to be.

Harvey Slavin
Hollywood

A World-Class Park Right Under Your Nose
John Tripp's letter (May 2) about Miami's need for a "great city park" [instead of a waterfront arena] makes an important point. Anything that will encourage locals and visitors to spend time in our history-filled, multicultural city will be a boon to our economy and our self-image. Miami, though, boasts an attraction that no other major metropolitan area in the nation does: a national park less than five miles outside the city limits.

Talk about "a world-class park on the bay." Nearly 180,000 acres of mangrove forests, gin-clear bay waters, the northernmost Florida Keys untethered by roads and bridges, and the beginning of one the largest and most visited coral reef tracts in the world make Biscayne National Park one of our community's crowning glories. Just ask any of the half-million or so people who come to visit the park each year to boat, snorkel, fish, dive, hike, picnic, camp, and watch wildlife. Check with the folks who make their living harvesting the bay's bounty, or the ones who sell that bounty in fish markets and restaurants. Ask the ones who carry tourists from all over the world to ooh and aah over its beauty, or the hotel owner who lodges those people.

Yes, it is true that New York has Central Park and Boston has the Common, but it's also true that those same New Yorkers and Bostonians are all coming here, gnashing their jealous teeth over what we South Floridians take for granted.

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