Tawnie Logan is absolutely right ("The Nugget," April 27) about our veterans and how they are denied the option of using medical marijuana. As a longtime supplier of medical marijuana to veterans, I have seen first-hand the astounding benefits of this medicine. These men and women served their country with the firm belief in the freedom of choice. To take away this choice is a travesty.
I offered my friend Dean Gotham, who is president of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 951 in Lake County, free medical marijuana to any veterans who wanted it. At first he said that would be great, but when I went to a meeting he reconsidered and told me that might not be a good idea. Two other veteran friends of mine can't get medical cannabis from the military and have to depend on my help because the dispensaries are out of their budget. Don't count on any changes in the near future.
Last weekend, a friend and I hiked the Land Paths Willow Creek Trail from Occidental to Willow Creek and back. The beauty and availability of open space and access to nature in our county always blesses me. While on the trail, I picked up lots of garbage, as well as cigarette butts, plastic bottles and gum wrappers. Something else I find on trails all over the county are orange peels and apple cores. Although they are biodegradable, they take a long time to rot and are considered litter. I would like to remind my fellow outdoor enthusiasts that we each have a responsibility to keep our trails clean for each other and for the sake of the earth. Let's show respect for what we have.
I endorse Tim Sergent for 5th District Supervisor because he's well-qualified, experienced, and, like many of us, he has planted deep roots here. He's lived in the 5th District for almost 20 years. His résumé is really impressive.
Tim is a U.S. Army veteran who worked to put himself through school at UC Berkeley and into a position to have a positive and lasting impact on the place he calls home. He currently works full-time as a teacher at Maria Carrillo High School. Beyond looking great on paper though, Tim is just a fine human being. I met him when I moved here in 1999. Through mutual friends and a love of live music, our paths have crossed many times. He is consistently calm, smart, trustworthy and kind. He is running his campaign with integrity and authenticity, and also a sense of humor.
Tim is the candidate who best represents what I believe are the values of those of us who live here and work hard to be able to do so. We are proud to be part of a diverse community, we respect one another, we love this unique place and appreciate its beauty, and we understand how fortunate we are to be here.
The fine people of the 5th District deserve dignified, qualified representation from a candidate who owes his allegiance only to the people who live here. Please vote for Tim Sergent on June 7.
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