Senior Bill of Rights

To the Editor:

The truth about Senate Bill 219 also know as the LGBT Senior Bill of Rights is this measure would ban facilities serving seniors from denying admissions, transferring or evicting a resident on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status.

In researching this measure I came across an article by Chris Nichols on the website Politifact California/Capital Public Radio (9/26/17). The article notes, “we found groups such as Breitbart and FOX crammed misleading information into short news headlines greatly distorting the facts about the use of pronouns or leaving out key information that would have given a different impression.” My understanding is that the prohibitive conduct in this measure is the willful and repeated engagement in discriminatory conduct against LGBT seniors. Criminal charge would only follow if the violation reached a level that was shown to cause the risk of death or serious physical harm in accordance with the state’s existing penalty structure for health and safety violations in long-term care facilities.

There are good people of all races, nationalities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations and political persuasions in our wonderful country. Now is the time to respect those differences rather than denigrate them. Now is the time to unite rather than divide.

Neil Fromm


Neighborhood marijuana grows

To the Editor:

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors adopted a Medical Marijuana ordinance in 2016 to allow 24 marijuana plants per residence. Its purpose is to allow cultivation for medical marijuana purposes only, but the ordinance is too lenient, and provides growers with the perfect opportunity to grow and sell pot with little regulation.

According to the ordinance, a conservative estimate of value per plant is $4,000. Plants are roughly 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. One crop of 24 plants could easily yield $100,000.

Marijuana cultivation in residential areas invites crime into our neighborhoods, and significantly affects our quality of life. The strong skunk-like smell is noxious. Grows use an excessive amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Grow lights are on all night. Traffic increases. Property values decline. Who will want to buy a house next to a grow?

There is a new state law encouraging local jurisdictions to allow personal indoor grows of up to six plants per adult with local regulation.

Recently, board members stated that they were going to amend the existing ordinance to limit personal grows to six plants grown indoors. But marijuana growers filled the chambers. As a result, the board backtracked.

Pot growers want to continue profiting from neighborhood grows. But if marijuana is going to be grown in our county, it should be grown in commercial grows outside of residential areas, properly regulated and taxed.

It is time for neighbors to speak up. Please encourage the Board to limit the number of plants to six per residence, require that they be grown indoors, and regulate personal grows to ensure that they do not negatively impact the neighborhood.

Bill Vail