Pubdate: Wed, 16 Aug 2006
Source: Nelson Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Nelson Daily News
Note: The newspaper does not have an active website.
Author: David Shelly


To the Editor

Open letter to Mayor John Dooley.

I start with a quote from a local newspaper I read.

"Nelson Mayor John Dooley said he supported the police action over 
the weekend, noting he has heard complaints from city residents and 
businesses about the operation."

As a Nelson resident, a successful business owner and home owner, you 
will not be receiving my vote come election time.

I will cast my vote for someone who encourages and protects the 
freedoms of Nelson's citizens and does not simply succumb to the 
voices of those few residents and businesses who complained.

How does the Holy Smoke Culture Shop or those who enjoy smoking 
marijuana unduly impose on their personal freedoms?

It is ignorance and arrogance which allows and encourages the 
diminishments of one's personal freedoms.

Marijuana is pervasive throughout Nelson.  Yet I believe, as many do, 
that Nelson is one of the most idyllic places to live.  Certainly we 
are a good case study to show that the open use of marijuana does not 
result in a degraded community.

I encourage other Nelson residents to voice their displeasure in your 
lack of concern over individuals rights and freedoms.

David Shelly

Nelson, B.C. 
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