Booster Club thanks

The Waterloo Athletic Booster Club hosted its 28th annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, April 6 at Waterloo Firemen’s Park. Well over 100 people attended the banquet and participated in games, raffles and auctions. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the over 60 area businesses and families that donated to our cause. Through their support and generosity, the booster club was able to raise over $12,000.

The proceeds from the banquet go towards supporting the Waterloo High School athletic programs in various ways. Many items such as new uniforms, batting cages, senior athlete photo banners and state athlete goodie-bags are made possible with contributions from the booster club. Most recently, we contributed $10,000 towards a new football and track scoreboard. Electronic timing for track meets has also been funded along with a new pole vault pit pad and new outfield fencing for softball. There are still additional large-ticket items that we are fundraising for. Keep a look-out on our Facebook page for ways you can help fund additional items for the new gym and commons area being built this summer.

The Waterloo Booster Club is so appreciative of our supporters and volunteers — we couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you again for making our 28th annual fundraising banquet a success.

Rakhee Stonestreet

President, Waterloo Athletic Booster Club

Broadband

Both Dodge and Jefferson counties have made bad decisions about how to provide broadband within our counties. In order to be truly useful for business (and personal) use, broadband needs to be fast, reliable, and secure. Wireless broadband is not. It is slow compared to good wired internet (especially fiber), prone to weather related interruptions, and readily hacked because the signal is broadcast all around. Wireless broadband also takes 10 times more energy than wired broadband to send the same information (https://whatis5g.info/energy-consumption/).

Furthermore, the radiofrequency/microwave radiation emitted by wireless technology has serious biological effects. The limits wireless technology complies with were only meant to protect a very large male from experiencing thermal harm (cooking) during a very short-term exposure.

They were never meant to protect anyone during the chronic exposures we experience today. Nor are they environmentally protective (www.electricalpollution.com/WirelessKillsTrees.html).

On a personal level, it is important that to know that a recent analysis based on French governmental data shows that 9 out of 10 cell phones violate the FCC limits for radiofrequency emissions when held against the head while in use or placed against the body in pockets, bras, or socks. The emissions can be as much as 11 times the FCC limits. Emissions at and below the FCC limits have been linked to cancer. Thirteen models of cell phone have already been recalled in France (https://ehtrust.org/new-study-cell-phones-exceed-safety-limits-when-phones-touch-the-body/).

An advisory panel to IARC, the international agency that evaluates agents for carcinogenicity, has advised IARC to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation, already classified as Group 2B — possible human carcinogen. Experts are calling for that classification to be changed to Group 1 — carcinogenic to humans (www.EHTrust.org). Since radiofrequency radiation has already been shown to cause oxidative damage, disrupt the endocrine system, and cause serious cardiac and neurological effects, no governmental money should be spent providing wireless broadband.

Let your county leaders know immediately that you only want them to spend money on safe, secure, fast, reliable wired broadband.

Catherine Kleiber,

Waterloo

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