Letters – April 17, 2020

“5G-Free California Fights Back” Comments

I agree with the other comments around this story being inaccurate as it relates to Ligado. 5G Free California and this website should actually be big proponents of Ligado, as the Company will actually REDUCE the need for new cellular base stations for 5G. Attorney General Bill Barr actually spoke recently about C+L, pairing Ligado’s L-Band with C-band to radically reduce the amount of cell sites required for 5G. The honorable Dan Golden (former and longest standing NASA head in history/rocket scientist/ signal processing expert) also writes about it in a WSJ op-ed (www.wsj.com/articles/keep-5g-safe-from-chinese-domination-11580342112). 5G is happening, there is no stopping it, but fortunately Ligado can help reduce base-stations which should be GREAT NEWS to 5G Free Cali!

—Roana McJunkins

Julie Levine responds:

5G-Free California is not specifically aware of Ligado but we are working to stop all 5G installations as they are not needed, can be done with wired Safe G, and we already have too much wireless radiation in our environment. 

Many of us are already ill from 4G and 4G densification and we do not need more. 5G towers already installed can and will be removed. It will take time, but it will happen through our lawsuits, but if not, then through the harm that will be caused and the human response. This has happened with smoking, Teflon, and is beginning to happen with glyphosates, which were also proliferated in our environments without concern about toxicity and harm.

By believing that what has been done cannot be undone, we give up our power and disregard all the people-power movements that have resulted in needed improvements. We seek to inspire, not contribute to defeatism which has led us to the toxic mess we are in now.

Editor’s Note: Julie is a co-founder of 5G-Free California.


Fake News?

Donkin cites a “Bloomberg Report” from March which does not exist. She also includes quotes directly from an Esper letter from November of 2019. It’s one thing to have a view on 5G, to each their own, but it’s another to make false allegations and cite info from a March letter from important USG figures and Bloomberg Reports that don’t exist. Please kindly pull the article and apologize to the World for abetting fake news. Thanks!

—Nick Robinson

Annemarie Donkin responds:

The letter to the FCC was accurate; the dates were wrong. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s letter to the FCC was dated Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The Pentagon released the letter on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-20/ligado-airwaves-proposal-opposed-by-u-s-defense-department-k37vmjb9)

Because the excerpt was attached to the dates when President Trump signed the bill, it said the letter was sent “Monday” and released on “Wednesday,” making it appear as if it was in direct response to the Bill signing on March 23, 2020. It was not. In fact, it was conflated by several news sites and forwarded to me that way, but it was indeed inaccurate because of the dates. I apologize for not fact checking this sooner and for including it in the article at all. Lesson learned.


Heartwarming Art

I love your paper. I always read it. It’s very important to me. I want to congratulate you on the cover with Valerie Walsh’s artwork. It’s just so heartwarming to see something positive right now when there’s so much sadness in the world. I love Valerie’s artwork and think it’s really beautiful. We all need positive words right now in our paper and this is great. 

—Callie Moos


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