Warm greetings and happy spring to all! I am writing in response to "The Climate-Killers Inside" (March 11). This is a very thoughtful and informative article.

As a resident of Redway and Ettersburg, and having grown children in and out of the area, I began grappling with this issue years ago due to "diesel neighbors," noise and pollution and the fact that many I love are growing indoors with PG&E.

The resolution at which I arrived is that if any of these folks started a legal, acceptable business locally (food service, mechanical services, retail, construction, etc.) they all use large amounts of energy (refrigeration, power equipment, lighting, temperature control). To varying degrees, all commercial activity requires energy to provide services and income. Why pick on a very local, well respected and received cottage industry?

Certainly we all need to question our consumption of commercial energy, but I refuse to lay out a guilt trip on indoor growers while all or most industry is grossly toxic! The key may have something to do with scale. Many times, a little depth into and experience of the issue is helpful in arriving at clear thinking and right action.

P.S.: I sure wish Hank Sims would grow up, stop dissing the youth and learn to change his own diaper!

Klaro Kepke, Redway


Yes, I read "The Climate-Killers."

You know, one might extrapolate to the conclusion that making the "weed" legal
is one cure to this curse. The economy may suffer but the greenhouse might be the best solution for a grow. And hemp would, of course, blossom. And what an economic boom that would be.

Time to start listening to the rational "leaders." Legalize and tax marijuana. The police will have more resources to handle real crimes.


George Kirkpatrick, McKinleyville

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