On April 15th, residents of Fort Collins, CO outraged by the treatment of Virginia Farver and others by City staff and law enforcement, rose up and attended the city council meeting en masse to demand the removal of smart meters in their town. We visited Fort Collins in late March as part of our whistlestop tour, went and confronted the utility manager, spoke at a TBYP screening event at the library, and got kicked out of a utility event for quietly spreading awareness to the public in attendance. Fort Collins is a nice town with good people, but unfortunately a corrupt and dangerous city government continues to impose its will on the public despite the mounting evidence of harm from their smart meter program.
Members of the public all provided key facts and information which the council struggles to digest or respond to. It must be pretty troubling to realize that as an elected official you have made ill-informed decisions that have put people’s lives and health in danger. Much easier psychologically to dig in deeper and refuse to take any of it on board. Just move on to the next administrative item and pretend those members of the public don’t exist, or are all crazy. It’s easier that way.
When one in confronted by a brittle, unresponsive council in denial while people are clearly hurting, and their rights being violated, what do you do? “We’re not forcing anything on you” says one of the council members who admits that RF from smart meters does cause changes in cells. With a smirk, he says, they are not forcing anything on anyone- you can choose to live without water service and electrical service- and presumably that is your only choice if you are not happy with your cells being changed or your private activities monitored.
It’s “choices” like these that led to the (first) American Revolution.