Pubdate: Wed, 31 Aug 2011
Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)
Copyright: 2011 The Press Democrat
Author: Chris Keys

Letter of the Day:


EDITOR: It's sad to read that a man was killed while doing his job 
("Fort Bragg official slain," Monday). It's even worse when you think 
that he was murdered by a fully armored, heavily armed thug.

I'm pro-marijuana. There is nothing wrong with growing your own in 
your backyard, your home or even farming on your own property. 
However, the practice of hijacking public or private land is wrong 
and presents a serious threat to the public. The area where Jere Melo 
was murdered is beautiful, but don't go there. In fact the North 
Coast is full of natural beauty, but don't go there.

Why not? Well there are countless "guerrilla grow" operations where 
so-called farmers destroy land, pollute water and threaten your life. 
They hire transients or illegal immigrants, arm them to the teeth and 
pay them to shoot at you. They set traps like the ones set by the 
Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. They have hijacked our land and 
kept us from enjoying what nature has to offer us.

I don't know how you stop it. I have my theories, but we have to stop 
it and stand up against what is wrong.


Rohnert Park
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