Proposed high-voltage power lines raise fears in Minnesota town

Full story: TwinCities.com

Duane "Buzz" Ehlers, 74, of Hampton, worries about the health effects of a proposed 345-kilovolt transmission line that would run past his home on Minnesota 50 in Dakota County.
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Cybear

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The notion that high voltage wires might interfere with a pacemaker is simple IGNORANCE.
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The headline is way overblown for the concerns that those citizens have expressed. The pacer and defib manufacturer hasn't any known reports of problems, which by law they have to make available, and similar high voltage lines course near a lot of other people treated with similar devices. The reporter didn't seem to mention that, nor that none of the people with pacers along those lines have had to move or not drive under them.

Already microwave ovens are in nearly every home and certainly every restaurant and I don't see such headlines crying out that a new eatery is proposed and this gentleman i worried that his device will be at risk. Anyone with a pacer has been instructed in being cautious around microwave ovens, but no mention of that risk in this article.

I think a story about the community concern would have been OK; to trumpet this man's concern (based on little scientific data) as the headline is poor journalism.
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Here we go again.... There's always one guy out there whining like a little puppy that he doesn't like or want something. Good thing the PP found him so we could hear another sob story. Well, here's a sobering thought for you Buzz (appropriately nicknamed for this article, by the way): By the time the power line gets off the drawing board you, at 74 and already ON A FREAKIN' PACEMAKER, will be long gone -- problem solved. It's people like him, the whiners and criers, that prevent progress. He'll turn on all his lights and run his microwave while his wife blow-dries her hair and gets the curling iron hot. Where do they think that ability comes from? ELECTRICITY, Buzz. Geez. It has to come from somewhere, it doesn't magically appear out of thin air when you flip a switch. It takes power lines to get to your house. All the greenies out there HAVE to have wind power, and that's fine, but how do they expect to get power from the wind mills to our houses? Again..., magic?! Come on, people. Here's another thought for you, Buzz: MOVE. No...no..., we have you figured out already. You whine that incessant whine you people do so the power company will offer you twice what your house it worth just to shut you up. Good plan Buzz, but that will cause everyone else along the proposed line to do the same which only passes along the cost to the rest of us. More people getting something for nothing. Only those who use no electricity have a right to complain; all others have no credibility.

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i think this will be an electifying subject
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Oh Lawdy we is all gonna die!
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Steve from Wyoming wrote:
Here we go again.... There's always one guy out there whining like a little puppy that he doesn't like or want something. Good thing the PP found him so we could hear another sob story. Well, here's a sobering thought for you Buzz (appropriately nicknamed for this article, by the way): By the time the power line gets off the drawing board you, at 74 and already ON A FREAKIN' PACEMAKER, will be long gone -- problem solved. It's people like him, the whiners and criers, that prevent progress. He'll turn on all his lights and run his microwave while his wife blow-dries her hair and gets the curling iron hot. Where do they think that ability comes from? ELECTRICITY, Buzz. Geez. It has to come from somewhere, it doesn't magically appear out of thin air when you flip a switch. It takes power lines to get to your house. All the greenies out there HAVE to have wind power, and that's fine, but how do they expect to get power from the wind mills to our houses? Again..., magic?! Come on, people. Here's another thought for you, Buzz: MOVE. No...no..., we have you figured out already. You whine that incessant whine you people do so the power company will offer you twice what your house it worth just to shut you up. Good plan Buzz, but that will cause everyone else along the proposed line to do the same which only passes along the cost to the rest of us. More people getting something for nothing. Only those who use no electricity have a right to complain; all others have no credibility.
So you'll be moving to Hampton since having 2 lines of highvolt electricity overhead won't bother you, right?
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Isn't that how Wellstone got his start- by whipping up a fervor over a powerline? Here again we are short on facts and information, and long on feelings, fears, and hearsay.
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What idiots, if this line was coming through your county/property YOU would be concerned too!!!!
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Hmmm wrote:
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So you'll be moving to Hampton since having 2 lines of highvolt electricity overhead won't bother you, right?
Why would anyone move to Hampton, power lines or not?
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Steve from Wyoming wrote:
Here we go again.... There's always one guy out there whining like a little puppy that he doesn't like or want something. Good thing the PP found him so we could hear another sob story. Well, here's a sobering thought for you Buzz (appropriately nicknamed for this article, by the way): By the time the power line gets off the drawing board you, at 74 and already ON A FREAKIN' PACEMAKER, will be long gone -- problem solved. It's people like him, the whiners and criers, that prevent progress. He'll turn on all his lights and run his microwave while his wife blow-dries her hair and gets the curling iron hot. Where do they think that ability comes from? ELECTRICITY, Buzz. Geez. It has to come from somewhere, it doesn't magically appear out of thin air when you flip a switch. It takes power lines to get to your house. All the greenies out there HAVE to have wind power, and that's fine, but how do they expect to get power from the wind mills to our houses? Again..., magic?! Come on, people. Here's another thought for you, Buzz: MOVE. No...no..., we have you figured out already. You whine that incessant whine you people do so the power company will offer you twice what your house it worth just to shut you up. Good plan Buzz, but that will cause everyone else along the proposed line to do the same which only passes along the cost to the rest of us. More people getting something for nothing. Only those who use no electricity have a right to complain; all others have no credibility.
It sure is easy for someone like you to flap your big mouth when it appears that the power line won't be built in your neighborhood. Your attitude sucks. I will do everything in my power to try to stop this from going in my backyard to feed electricity to someone as obnoxious as you.

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sounds kinda shocking to me
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Congressmen Waxman-Markey bill that would make it legal to sue the government or industry if you could potentially suffer from global warming should be expanded to cover situations like this. It would allow this poor man to sue the power companies and the government for his distress and potential health problems.

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what's all the buzz about this thread I hear ?
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"the next woman who takes me on is gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars"
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Carlos wrote:
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Why would anyone move to Hampton, power lines or not?
Because it's not Minneapolis.
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You lived to long all ready old man. It's time to more on for the next generation.
You are an a s s.
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Because it's not Minneapolis.
True, I wouldn't live there either...
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It sure is easy for someone like you to flap your big mouth when it appears that the power line won't be built in your neighborhood. Your attitude sucks. I will do everything in my power to try to stop this from going in my backyard to feed electricity to someone as obnoxious as you.
Correct, the power line isn't being built in our backyards. But what you are asking is for it to be built in the backyard of someone else. So to me it sounds like you share this guys attitude. I am assuming you want to use electricity but only as long as someone else has to deal with it.

Power lines need to exist, the power companies are going to build them where they can be built the shortest and for the least amount of money. Yes, it causes problems for humans. But then move as others in this article stated they would. Don't pass the problem to your neighbor at the risk of the project costing more and being passed on to everyone. That is just plain selfish.

I feel for you and understand it is a very sucky situation thrown at you but stop thinking of only yourself.
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I was brought up to believe it is a God who determines when to die, not a power line. Where is faith when you need it?
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This appears to be another case of NIMBYism. People want and need electrical power, but don't want to deal with the fact that the power has to get from Point A to Point B.

Suck it up, people. Powerlines won't hurt you, want shut down your pacemaker, and won't give you or your kids brain cancer.

Be honest, you don't want them because you just think they are ugly.

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