EDITOR: So, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has pigeonholed me and hundreds of other Chanate area residents as “elitist segregationists,” based on letters and emails she received embracing arguments “right out of a segregationist handbook” (“Chanate project foes forge ahead,” Monday).
It is unconscionable for our elected representative to negatively broad-brush opponents of her favored projects in a classic attempt to denigrate the opposition and devalue their opinions.
In all of the printed and spoken opposition to the Chanate project, I have heard nothing to suggest segregation. I have heard legitimate concerns about traffic density, propriety of the sales agreement and campaign donation issues.
Failure to acknowledge legitimate concerns is a glaring weakness for Zane as a supervisor. Name-calling should be beneath her when describing her constituents.
Pot and jobs
EDITOR: I believe that the Santa Rosa Planning Commission should be praised for its progressive and very reasonable decision to recommend that Santa Rosa allow recreational cannabis businesses to operate within city limits in addition to the existing medical cannabis businesses.
As a resident here in Sonoma County, I increasingly have more friends and family who are joining the workforce in the cannabis industry
Allowing for the addition of recreational cannabis businesses, within the framework already created for medical cannabis businesses, introduces even more local jobs in our community.
With the recent economic devastation to our local economy, I believe that this business opportunity would significantly boost the local economy, as well as provide greatly needed employment opportunities.
California voters approved the use of recreational cannabis. Our local business owners should be allowed to take advantage of this new market that will also profit the local workforce, the local economy and the city and county governments.
Predator in chief