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Voices in the media
Your paper and other journalists are again giving an outsized voice to the extremists in our community. In the October 14th edition, you printed a letter from Fred Taylor (“Expression at school board meetings, The Beach Reporter, 10/14/21). The same week he was also the focus of an article in the Easy Reader.
Taylor represents a minority in this community yet absurdly he is mentioned in local publications twice in one week? And, he is someone who does not appear to have a student in the district he is protesting.
Every week there seems to be a letter from one of these extremists who have been manipulated to regurgitate the talking points of a nationwide coordinated effort. In this instance, it is a campaign against Critical Race Theory by radical, conservative dark money, with many groups connected to the Koch network.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time and won’t be the last. I urge you to stop amplifying the opinions of these sore losers who are throwing tantrums because they can no longer discriminate without repercussions. Instead, give a proportionally equal voice to the majority of the community, those of us who think diversity, inclusion, and equality are wonderful things.
—Mel Guerry, Hermosa Beach
Pot sales in the beach cities
The beach cities opted out of pot shops. We should keep it that way to protect our kids. When we voted for legalization, I thought we were just legalizing the old-fashioned joints from Woodstock. Not so.
One of the most popular products today is a dab. Why is it called a dab? Because just a little dab will do you. A dab is a highly processed, highly concentrated, addictive marijuana product. It’s 10-20 times stronger than the marijuana in 1980. Using a dab is called dabbing. A dab is, in part, responsible for California’s over 1000% rise in Emergency Room visits due to marijuana between 2005-2019. Colorado recently passed HB 1317 to study the mental and physical harms of the ultra-high potency products, including an increased risk to suicide.
Remember vaping lung illnesses? Vapes are also an ultra-high potency product.
There are no warnings about these side effects. We don’t even know about the long-term consequences—and kids are using them. If we allow sales, we are normalizing dabbing to our kids and putting their mental and physical health at risk.
—Heidi Swan, Hermosa Beach
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