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But I’m hearing nothing about any increases in the production of hemp. Hemp is the plant kingdom’s answer to petrochemicals. In addition to the medical and recreational drugs the plant can produce, it is excellent for production of paper, clothing, fuel oil, cooking oil and a wide range of other commodities. And it requires much less in the way of chemical fertilizers to make it grow. In fact, it is difficult to keep it from growing. That is why they call it “weed.”

Our farmers and industrialists need to get with it.

EDWARD MEISSE

Santa Rosa

Thanking the politicians

EDITOR: How many times do you get letters thanking politicians? This may be a first, but it is well-deserved. We are so impressed with the response of our elected officials to the devastating fires.

From Sonoma County’s representatives in Congress, at the state level and all the way down to the local level, they have been present, engaged and accessible since day one. The results are evident in how quickly we received disaster designations and support from the state and federal governments.

We would specifically like to thank the Santa Rosa city staff and City Council (especially those who posted updates on social media) for an outstanding job of providing timely and thorough communications on a constant basis to city residents. It makes us proud to be a part of such a wonderful community. Well done.

DENISE HILL and JOE LILIENTHAL

Santa Rosa

Ignoring orders

EDITOR: We continue to hear of people who ignored the recent evacuation orders. Some are even lauded for saving a home or property. Those people who choose to remain in their homes following mandatory evacuation orders put all first responders’ lives in jeopardy. Any personal justification cannot outweigh the lives they put in danger when they may ultimately need rescue. Recently, Florida’s governor warned those who decided to remain in their homes they wouldn’t be rescued. He wouldn’t put the lives of police and fire personnel in harm’s way. Perhaps this should be the policy here.

MARLENE LOWENTHAL

Santa Rosa

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