Rules sometimes change
EDITOR: A front-page article in Saturday’s paper concerned the woes of the marijuana dispensary folks (“Dispensaries strained”). This was prompted by a change in state regulatory requirements for such operations.
I must assume that the owners involved have some level of business acumen. Ever since the law passed allowing for adult use of cannabis, the rules have been under a constant state of development and change. This isn’t something that wasn’t anticipated, and it has been occurring at the state, county and local levels all along.
Jumping into this market with its known fluctuating regulatory environment was a risk that I have to assume the operators were well aware of — and willing to accept. So when the rules change, operators ought to accept what was known to be a realistic possibility and move on without moaning and groaning.
Cartels and immigration
EDITOR: We appreciated the attendance of The Press Democrat at the Republican Party’s speaker series. Unfortunately, many statements by Susan Tully were omitted (“Speaker assails border policies,” Thursday).
Tully discussed at great length the role of drug cartels in the arrival of illegal immigrants to the southern border. Many children coming to the United States are coming with members of the cartels and not with their families.
Cartels are targeting major cities in the United States and are extremely sophisticated in how they are increasing their trafficking. The cartels aren’t interested in achieving the American dream that so many legal immigrants want. They have much bigger goals, and if they need to use and abuse children, that isn’t a problem.
Also, regarding the Southern Poverty Law Center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is a leftist organization funded in part by George Soros. In a recent court decision, it was ordered to pay $3.375 million to Maajid Nawaz for including him in the “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” The Southern Poverty Law Center is very quick to label anyone it doesn’t agree with as a hate group and as a racist organization.
End fireworks sales
EDITOR: I cannot help but wonder about the greed and insane practice of selling fireworks in Sonoma County (“Fireworks in the hot seat,” Friday).
Is the profit of a few organizations more valuable than the lives, homes and wildlife of all that live here? To sell fireworks to people who may or may not be capable of using their brains is unconscionable and should be against the law.
Although fireworks are illegal in the city of Sonoma, they are sold everywhere in Petaluma. Fire knows no boundaries. Nonprofits should be ashamed as this is too risky, and they should be held responsible if a fire occurs.
A list of who profits should be in the news, and maybe those groups should find a way to raise money for their organizations without putting the danger of a fire in our path.
EDITOR: The city of Santa Rosa’s recent neighborhood meeting regarding Bill Gallaher’s proposed development of the Chanate Road campus was simply a fishing expedition for him to anticipate the challenges during the planning and entitlement process (“Strong reaction to housing plan,” June 26).