Protecting home owners
To the Editor:
We have recently heard radio advertisements by Shon Small asking to be reelected as a Benton County Commissioner. In the advertisement, he says he will work to protect Benton County residents.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Friberg
In his present term as a Commissioner, Mr. Small did nothing to protect Benton County home owners and neighborhoods from proposed marijuana farms. Instead of clearly identifying acceptable land away from populated areas of Benton County for marijuana farming, Mr. Small and his fellow Commissioners allowed marijuana farming to take place in residential areas of the county where children live in adjacent homes. He further "protected" county residents by taking away the opportunity to have land-use hearings.
As a result, home owners around the marijuana farms are having a difficult time selling their homes, and the value of their homes has decreased.
As you prepare to vote, we would ask you to consider if this example of "protection" is what you want and expect from a Benton County Commissioner.
We are signing this letter as residents of the marijuana capitol of Benton County.
Up for discussion
I have been watching with interest the developments within our local city council concerning whether or not to have marijuana sold locally. First, what is interesting is how indiscreetly Altitude (our local marijuana store) obtained permission to open. I have spoken with multiple local business people who say they were surprised that it had been approved because they were not even aware it was up for discussion within the city. Several months ago there was an article in the Prosser-Record Bulletin concerning why the city allowed the store to come to our community. They were concerned about litigation that may have cost the city in the range of $100,000-150,000 to defend itself should they choose not to allow a local marijuana store. Well, if this is the litigation costs they were concerned with, that seems like a pretty cheap price to mortgage the integrity of Prosser! I am sure that there would have been business people and private citizens alike that would have stepped-up and helped the city to cover litigation costs to keep this type of business out of Prosser. Now, in the Oct. 22 paper, I read that the city council has voted to approve future marijuana stores with Ordinance 14-2909.
I own a local business, and I have literally not met one person who has approved of this type of business coming to our town. That's not to say they are not out there, but they truly seem to be the minority. I have always thought that government was supposed to a representative of the will of the people. But it is becoming more obvious, that from the federal level down to our local government, this is no longer the case! There have been other towns ranging from the Tri-Cities to Yakima and in-between that has had the leadership with the intestinal fortitude to say "NO" to these types of stores. But apparently the Prosser leadership considers its pocketbook, and possibly even the revenue such a store brings in, weighs in more heavily than what the people want, or keeping the integrity of our town intact.
We, as citizens, can make our approval, or disapproval, by voice and by vote as to how our leaders should lead. I hope others will make their displeasure known if they feel the same way. Please, Prosser leadership, wake up and do the right thing!!