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A Woods awoodspdx at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 15:09:07 PDT 2016

I'm not sure. On the one hand, it's true enough that they may find down the
line that the tech we're using is hurting people - causing cancer, etc.
That said, it seems unlikely that something so small as segregating a
terminal will effect that, since there are cell towers and wifi all over in
so many cities. I've personally known people who seem to think these small
things will make a difference, though, like a woman who would get angry if
anyone used a remote control when sitting behind her.

As for headaches, I don't know. I don't want to dismiss anyone's beliefs or
pain out of hand. I know that there are lots of people, myself included,
who get headaches from using computers or cell phones, but that may have as
much or more to do with bright lights/contrast of screens and the quality
of speakers than with any signals flying through the air. I'll be
interested to hear more opinions.

I know this doesn't offer a solid answer, sorry about that. Just two cents.

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:35 PM, Ted Smith <t.smith at newportlibrary.org>

> I’m having a hard time writing this e-mail because this patron’s request
> is so off the wall, but in the spirit of investigating, at least  ….   Has
> anyone heard of people having “electronic” disabilities.  We have a patron
> who will not walk through our RFID gates because she says the “electronic”
> waves are dangerous.  Her most recent request is to segregate at least one
> internet terminal, so that she does not have to sit next to people who
> possess cell phones.  They give her a headache.  I have yet to tell her
> that our entire building is wi-fi enabled and that there is  public utility
> transformer that hangs just outside our building, or that there are
> millions of little electric gremlins going through our bodies every day
> courtesy of the sun.
> To be honest, she’s giving me a headache.  I’ve searched and searched, but
> have found no reference to a credible “electronic” disability.  Any ideas.
> Ted Smith, Director
> Newport Public Library
> Newport, OR 97365
> 541.574.0600
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