Homelessness, Military Grade Weed, and the Freedom to Vote

Homeless Enough

In May 2020 I was a victim of domestic violence, and I ended up homeless—living in my truck for 11 months during the “shelter-in-place” that occurred at the beginning of the pandemic. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was on blood-pressure meds from my physician. Repeatedly I reached out to administrators of homeless shelters in Sonoma County, and repeatedly I was told I had to be homeless in this county for one year before I qualified to get their help. Basically, I wasn’t “homeless enough.” Even with a mental condition and a medical condition I wasn’t able to get into a shelter in Sonoma County. I was run out of church parking lots by local PD, when only seeking a safe place to sleep. No longer homeless, I have to wonder: Sonoma County, what are you really doing for our homeless? Due to my own experience, this is a real problem—it isn’t going away, and you’re not handling it properly.

Jodi Bowers

Sebastopol 

Weed Whacked

I was reading an article by Michael Goitis (“Joint Passing,” Oct. 6). I got as far as “Military Grade Weed” and stopped reading. What the Hell is Military Grade Weed? I served for almost 30 years, and as far as I know, IT’S STILL ILLEGAL!

David Henry

Windsor

Votes for All

Attention Senators Feinstein and Padilla, as a resident of Fairfax and a citizen of the United States, I am outraged that Republicans continue to do everything in their power to restrict voting! Our very democracy is under threat by the same fascist forces responsible for the attempted coup on Jan. 6. We need the Freedom to Vote act, and we also need to end the filibuster.

Dan Hodul, III

Fairfax

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