Letters to the Editor, July 31 to Aug. 2

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Is salesman Trump selling us out?

EDITOR: Responding to Alec McAndrew’s letter (“Many Agree With Trump Policies”, July 20): I agree with you that many people support Trump because of his policies, and that a serious discussion of those policies is in the interest of all. However, my concern has to do with the even more serious fact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and in Vladimir Putin’s statement that he did interfere in favor of Trump. It is clearly obvious that Russian interference in the next election in favor of Trump would be pleasing to the President and, in fact, would affect his policies toward Putin. The question is not about Trump’s domestic policies but about his fawning behavior toward Putin, which smacks of self-seeking. Is he, wittingly or unwittingly, selling his country in order to be re-elected?

Fanny Davis Diehl


Cannabis calling...

EDITOR: As the proprietor of Apothevert, which has applied for a permit to operate a medical cannabis dispensary near the village of Glen Ellen, I wish to apprise our community of information about the business plans and address concerns that have been raised.

The application complies with Sonoma County Limited Commercial zoning requirements and meets all regulations issued by the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments and the Planning & Resource Management Department (PRMD) stipulations, and adheres to California State Law. The permit process does not require an applicant to provide evidence of community support, although we have taken extra steps to gain such support...

In choosing a location for a medical cannabis dispensary in unincorporated Sonoma County, near the City of Sonoma, two limitations played a determining role – the zoning ordinance and the current commercial real estate market.

The property is within 100 feet of a residential zoning district, however, an actual physical separation exists between land uses such that no off-site impacts could occur. There are existing physical separations on all four sides of the parcel – two by other commercial properties, and two by major roadways, a precedent set by the PRMD throughout Sonoma County.

The business requires a location that is appropriately zoned and a seller that is willing to sell or lease. Commercial real estate agents in Sonoma County can attest that there are very few of these opportunities that meet both parameters at any given time, regardless of cost. One was found that meets the zoning requirements and the owner was able to provide an option-to-purchase that allowed for an unpredictable and lengthy permit approval process.

In summary, the Apothevert application is for a standard use permit for a legal California business entity.

We have undertaken extensive efforts to ensure our business is professional, welcoming, safe, upscale, and will positively impact our surroundings. We look forward to joining the community as a vital contributing business partner and necessary support for medical cannabis patients, providing local jobs and tax revenue.

Jani Friedman


Happy to talk Trump policies

EDITOR: Regarding a recent letter on civilized discourse of Trump polices: I would have no problem with that, however, I feel deeply that he has demonstrated clearly that he is verbally abusive, that he lies with impunity, and truly lacks a reasonable amount of compassion. This is the person I see informing the policies for our country.

Thinking about the children held in cages, sleeping on floors in the care of strangers, I literally feel ill. This is one of his “policies”... I can’t get past that, and I shouldn’t!

Carla Kania

Boyes Hot Springs

Repealing the record

Tom Elias’ recent column on the Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative was wrong on so many levels, and the record must be set straight.

First, the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign has been clear that our initiative will repeal the recently enacted gas and car tax hikes – saving the typical family of four more than $700 a year in unnecessary taxes. That’s not mere pennies per gallon – it is real money for Californians who are already struggling with a sky-high cost-of-living.

Second, Elias fails to tell readers that the Yes on Prop 6 campaign has a better alternative solution to fixing the roads without a tax hike. In fact, prior to the latest gas tax hike, Californians already paid some of the highest gas taxes in the nation. Unfortunately, the politicians continue to divert the money from roads and what little money is left is wasted. Our alternative solution fixes that problem with a real Citizens Lock Box – not a phony one written by politicians.

Elias should have done his homework – but he didn’t. We urge you to do your homework by getting the facts at GasTaxRepeal.org.

Carl DeMaio

Chairman, Yes on Prop 6

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