Principal’s quote makes case for Drake public vote
Did no one else notice and take offense at the parting quote of the principal of High School 1327 in the news story last Saturday? “We have the right to override any name,” said Liz Seabury, regarding the Tam Union School Board decision set for next March. Whew! From many reports, Ms. Seabury had already crystallized much of the momentum in this anti-Sir Francis Drake controversy with her hand-picking of the Drake Leadership Council. Now she asserts a veto power over the TUHSD board’s decision.
Perhaps it is time for a public referendum on the issue, as Dick Spotswood and many others have advocated.
— Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax
Pot store ban will help protect health of youth
In the Dec. 13 Readers’ Forum, “front line cannabis activist” Samuel Janovici urges Sausalito not to rush into opening a cannabis retail storefront. Instead, he suggests Sausalito officials look to Denver for guidance. Having recently returned to Marin after 20 years in Denver, I am compelled to share my experience with cannabis there. It isn’t a pretty one, particularly when it comes to youth.
Colorado kids rank No. 1 in the nation for marijuana use. That’s no surprise given there are more cannabis shops than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined. Decades of research from the alcohol and tobacco industries shows that neighborhood retail outlets are related to higher rates of youth use.
Even more disturbing is the Colorado adolescent use of high potency cannabis concentrates with 60% to 99% THC. Recent Healthy Kids Survey data reveals 53% of Colorado high schoolers using cannabis in the last month “dabbed” these vaporized concentrates. Why are dabs all the rage? Dabbing gives an immediate rush with the intense high of one dab lasting five to seven hours. This isn’t the same 3 to 5% THC marijuana of years past. The health effects are more intense as well, addicting youth to daily use more quickly and leading to increasing instances of cannabis-induced psychosis. In 2019, Colorado emergency department visits and hospitalizations related to marijuana exceeded the combined total of all the other illicit drugs.
As to Janovici’s suggestion to consult cannabis lobbying groups for legislation advice, didn’t we learn about that mistake from Big Tobacco?
Raising a son in Denver’s cannabis culture was challenging. I think we have a good thing going sticking with delivery-only services in Marin. Let’s prioritize the health and safety of our youth over corporate profit when crafting town cannabis ordinances.
— Elizabeth O’Donnell, Mill Valley
Full lockdowns are hurting the vulnerable
I am writing to vent my displeasure at our government bureaucrats who do not seem to be seeing and feeling the pain of their lockdown orders. We can start with the governor, who feels no compunction about locking us regular citizens down while feeling free to join a large gathering at the French Laundry. If we regular citizens had done so we would have at best been fined.
Then we have the local bureaucrats, who do not feel the personal and financial pain of their lockdown orders. Their salary continues to be deposited into their bank accounts, while hundreds of thousands of hourly workers are out of a job, can’t pay rent and are struggling to feed their families. And remember, their unemployment will end after Christmas. This is hardly an environment where everyone is sharing the personal and financial pain.
While I am not advocating for a full opening of the environment, I am advocating for relaxing the full-on lockdown. I advocate for social distancing, wearing masks when in public and practicing necessary personal hygiene. However, we do not need to break the financial backs of our small business owners. The present environment is causing far too much financial havoc on that segment of the population which can least afford it, and which will have the most difficulty bouncing back.
Let’s not impose a full-on lockdown, but rather a more surgical approach — isolating those specific areas which cause the most cases. We are talking about large gatherings of more than a dozen people or more than several households, senior homes and nursing facilities, etc. Restaurants, outdoors, hair and nail salons, small businesses and gyms account for just a small percentage of the virus spread.
We can beat the virus without committing financial suicide.
— Bruce Hope, Novato