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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 21 - 23

As for you self-aggrandizing letter writers that choose to ignore a much needed voter-suppression backlash, what exactly are your motives?

Gil Latimer (“Dispensaries Are Inevitable,” Aug. 14) is the driving force behind a group of cannabis advocates; Stephen Pavy (“Words Have Consequences,” Aug. 14) and Martin Laney (“Cannabis Movement Got Burned,” Aug. 17) are purportedly friends of David Cook; Stephen Kyle (“Yes on Medical Cannabis, No on Dispensary,” Aug. 14) is unknown to me.

Apparently the four of you do not like the cannabis ballot initiative that was signed by 790 qualifying City voters (enough adults to fill three jumbo jets). It may be contrary to your personal wishes but your “voters-be-damned” approach is an unacceptable agenda. Instead you, as well as the present majority of the City Council, should consider switching to a form of American behavior that supports a voter based live-and-let live society.

For the record, the Sonoma Citizens For Local Access initiative is all encompassing and is anything but selfishly motivated. It does not benefit one single property but rather it would allow for fair competition on several properties that could accommodate competitive retail pricing and customer options. It also creates voter-approved fixed property rights, doing so out of the necessity to streamline what has proven to be an impossible, misguided and uninformed regulatory environment prone to creating unworkable business requirements, conditions and restrictions.

As a visual reward along the northern Gateway corridor, this ordinance will also provide an incentive for a much-needed urban renewal of West Napa Street at the Highway 12 curve by creating a platform for a healthy, viable, local economic engine.

Jon Early

Sonoma