Not a pot of gold

Marijuana should never have been legalized, as it leads to other drugs. Yes it is used for medical purposes, but how many are buying it to get high? The next step is to buy other drugs. Legalizing marijuana has made it so much easier for younger people to buy, they have no idea what other drugs lead to and the people selling do not care. Many citizens are complaining about the smell, and do not want these farms in their area. We are asked to conserve water, yet our state is allowing growers to grow marijuana and these plants require a great deal of water. Growing marijuana and making it so available will lead to more crime.

Mickey Freeman

Santa Maria

Pot growers should go somewhere else

Does anyone else find it the least bit odd that Santa Barbara County and marijuana growers are working together? What brings these two seeming enemies together now? In a word, greed.

Who benefits from permitting the commercial growing of pot? Santa Barbara County, from substantially increased tax revenues, revenue the county could not get from residential growth since the Tepusquet owners pled for and received a zoning requirement of one home per 40 acres. And the growers, who have inexpensive land and cheap water which will generate millions in revenues.

Meanwhile, families that have lived in the canyon since patents were distributed in the 1800s, who dry farm and produce cattle and who live on springs and well water, will be pushed to the brink of extinction. Can you imagine for even a second, families who have multi-generational roots ending up with no water because of the excesses of greedy pot growers and a county willing to allow that to happen?

While individuals growing six or fewer plants for personal use is probably not harmful, the plan before Santa Barbara County will destroy lives and history and a beautiful canyon. Call your supervisors and tell them the pot growers can compete for agricultural land someplace else.

Francis Remkiewicz


The business of businesses troubling

There's an interesting trend going on on the Central Coast.

We are outlawing legal businesses: Tattoo shops and massage parlors top the list of businesses temporarily banned in Pismo Beach, and legalizing illegal businesses: Pot.

How can this possibly be a good thing?

Government over-regulating the free enterprise system rarely ends well for anyone but the government.

Floyd Snyder

Santa Maria

A matter of intent

Sexual innuendo is defined as a "risqué" double entendre; a hint of a sexual insinuation, an otherwise innocent uttering with possible derogatory or romantic applications.

Sexual innuendo typically refers to talks about sex or some sex-related subject but in a more implicit way where sexual harassment is explicit.

Where sexual innuendo is defined as having a derogatory implication, the exception is where the inference is romantically inspired, a slanting expression of attraction, where it is the lover’s quest expressed in a positive light and not as a means of critical implied disparagement.

In this context, sexual innuendo’s meaning — as a romantic expression — is where it is perceived as an expression of attraction, a flirtation, or an invitation to solicit sexual consent.

This may apply during either the most innocent exchanges between two persons or in the most intimate circumstance.

As Christ discerned regarding lust where titillating sex and no love exists, “ but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart …”

Therefore, the meaning of sexual innuendo is separated in terms of its derogatory interpretation compared to that where the inference is romantically inclined. Both instances are differentiated from the predations of sexual harassment.

When does innuendo in either of its derogatory or romantic intents cross the line as being an act of sexual harassment?

The apparent answer is the line is crossed where implicit innuendo is expressed explicitly as a pressured, coerced inducement, or where the expression is clothed as a subtle or specific compelled intimidation.

Such experiences are especially prevalent in the media and politics today.

Otis Page

Arroyo Grande


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