Tag: Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

| September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday evening, August 27 I sat in the front row of the Planning Commission meeting for no other reason than to bear witness. I heard one woman seated behind me comment on how wonderful it was to see the many “decent” young families in attendance. That comment begs the question, as opposed to whom? […]

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Letter to the Editor: Support for gun range

Letter to the Editor: Support for gun range

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a downtown merchant for the past 15 years, I would like to offer my support on an item on your agenda. I would like this read into the record at the meeting on August 27, since I cannot be present, regarding the recommendation to the City Council regarding a proposed zoning change to allow […]

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Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

| August 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Forty-three people spoke regarding the proposed indoor gun range for Downtown Martinez at the July 23 Planning Commission meeting. Thirty-two were against, 10 were for, and one spoke on both sides. But, the packed, standing-room-only city chamber was overwhelmingly filled with those opposed to the proposed range. Cry Babies? Those in opposition to the proposed […]

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Letter to the Editor, by Councilmember Noralea Gipner: Homelessness issue a priority

Letter to the Editor, by Councilmember Noralea Gipner: Homelessness issue a priority

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

As many of you are aware, working on the homelessness problem is a priority for our city. Homelessness has increased, not only regionally, but throughout the state and nation. Over the last few years we have been focusing on linking people with services to get them help and into housing. This is a complicated problem […]

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Letter to the Editor: Guns and emotions

Letter to the Editor: Guns and emotions

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

An open letter to the community-at-large and the City of Martinez Planning Commission Last week the Martinez News-Gazette published Column One and a pair of readers’ letters voicing support for an underground gun range envisioned as part of a proposed downtown outdoor outfitters bazaar and shooters club in the old “opera house” building at Ferry […]

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Letter to the Editor: Sporting goods store plans should move forward

Letter to the Editor: Sporting goods store plans should move forward

| July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every now and then, a municipal issue arises that becomes a potential watershed moment for the city council and the community. It seems that one has arisen in Martinez with the proposed downtown development of an ambitious outdoor sporting goods store in the mold of Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops, which would occupy a large […]

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Letter to the Editor: Rose colored glasses

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tuesday evening, July 23, I attended the Planning Commission meeting where the topic of discussion was Brandon Varise’ experiential outdoors / sporting goods store with the proposed inclusion of an indoor shooting range. I’m not sure if it was fortunate or not that I arrived towards the end of public comment, Brandon – love ya […]

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Letter to the Editor: Focus on local events

Letter to the Editor: Focus on local events

| July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

I had to laugh as I read the letter from the subscriber who wishes to cancel his subscription to the Gazette due to columnist Bill Sharkey’s opinions on President Trump. Although I do not appreciate Mr. Sharkey’s comments on President Trump, cancellation of the Gazette deprives me of information about my town and its doings. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to gun range

Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to gun range

| July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

My name is Bob Kluber and I am against allowing a gun range in downtown Martinez. I am a 44-year Martinez resident and a gun owner, who has seen our downtown blossom into a rose. A rose has thorns to discourage critters from eating it and humans from touching it. Our rose, Martinez, has no thorns. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Column 1 crossed a line

Letter to the Editor: Column 1 crossed a line

| July 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, The July 7 Column 1 was, in my humble opinion, a vicious and vitriolic attack on the President of the United States which crossed the line of fairness and decency. I listened to President Trump’s 4th of July speech and found it to be a good history lesson which extolled some of the […]

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