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ARNOLD KRAUSE

Santa Rosa

Cloverdale’s dispensary

EDITOR: In 2017, the Cloverdale City Council unanimously passed an ordinance regulating the marijuana industry in Cloverdale. The ordinance allows for two dispensaries in town.

On March 13, the council directed city staff to draft a resolution to give permits to operate a retail marijuana business to Quonset Botanicals and Red Door Remedies. Then a group of school board members, the principal of Washington School and parents convinced the council to grant a permit to California Wellness instead of Quonset Botanicals.

Quonset Botanicals would be operated by Mike and Maryann Brigham. Maryann has a long history of service to the community as a member of the City Council, establishing a new park on Clark Avenue and the river path, and she was a driving force behind the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. She has owned numerous businesses in town.

The group opposed to her dispensary used false statements to get council members to change their minds.

We need everyone who supports the Brighams’ attempt to open a dispensary to come to the council meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. We cannot let someone from another county put a community leader out of business.

TEMPLE O. SMITH

Cloverdale

Cruelty in Israel

EDITOR: As a Jew who was a youngster during World War II, I heard and witnessed in many venues about the killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps. This memory is deeply etched in my soul.

I am so appalled at what Israel, originally the “safe place” for Jews escaping war, did just a few days ago, killing 18 and wounding 1,700 innocent Palestinian nonviolent protesters (“Gaza families want inquiry,” April 1). They were gathered by the Gaza wall demonstrating against the inhumane conditions they have been living under for 70 years.

The Israeli leadership has become cruel like their oppressors were to them. Most of the Jews in Israel are quietly accepting this. I am ashamed, I am so ashamed. Americans must speak out against the atrocities happening to our sisters and brothers in Palestine and in our own country, or we too are complicit.

FRAN DAYAN

Sonoma

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