Years ago I had a chat with Nate Beason that went like this: “Why did you move here?” I asked.
“Why did YOU move here?” he retorted, no doubt a reference to my blog.
Nate went on to explain that in Fresno, where he grew up, people would often fight like cats and dogs about issues, but at night, would retire to the tavern and just “agree to disagree.”
That’s a good model for our town. Tonight my wife told me she ran into Reinette Senum on one aisle and Cliff Newell on another while getting dinner at SPD. Both expressed their views – which are divergent – about the marijuana ordinace passed 4-1 by the county supervisors. It will regulate “grows” in unincorporated neighborhoods.
I see both sides on this one, and will watch closely to see how it’s enforced, as well as any “unintended consequences.”
Having said that, I’m hopeful for the model that Nate referred to: Where people can agree to disagree – and hold the public policy makers accountable for the results.
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