Pubdate: Thu, 24 Mar 2016
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Kathy Lawson


Re "On to the voters" (Newslines, by Ken Smith, March 10):

Ken Smith did a bang-up job of stirring the pot of dissension between 
cannabis proponents and opponents. If twisting the truth to suit his 
own agenda was his goal, I applaud Mr. Smith. If using his position 
as a CN&R staff reporter to fan the flames of opposition was his 
intent, I applaud him. However, if presenting a factual account of 
what actually happened at the Board of Supervisors meeting was the 
goal, Mr. Smith missed the mark by a mile.

The meeting did not "teeter on the edge of chaos." Both sides 
presented their opinions in an orderly fashion. Board Chairman Bill 
Connelly was able to keep everyone on topic with very little difficulty.

We live in changing times. Change is never an easy thing. People are 
angry with many of the policies that restrict personal freedoms. 
There are always two sides to every conflict. This is a good thing if 
it causes both sides to examine the issues objectively.

In the future, I challenge Mr. Smith and the CN&R editors to report 
events as factually as possible, and to leave personal biases and 
opinions out of the press.

Kathy Lawson

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