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Letter to the Editor


Last updated 7/15/2015 at 10:13am

Things have certainly gotten interesting here in the Grand Coulee area, especially regarding cannabis issues. I got the R-76 petitions in the mail (only one packet finally arrived after Don Skakie had sent them multiple times via U.S. Postal Mail).

It also appears that many of the folks who were active in the discussions about cannabis rights issues recently have gone back into “silent mode” following the Grand Coulee City Council decision to disallow legal cannabis business in our city.

On the Facebook group “Grand Coulee Community Announcement Board” there had also been quite a bit of local discussion about cannabis issues; however, “mysteriously” my group membership was deleted and blocked along with any posts I had initiated on the subject, and all pertaining comments which had been contributed by other community members. Posts I had made supporting the Red Cross, et cetera, were not removed before my account was removed and blocked from said Facebook group, so the efforts were obviously targeted, and no warnings of any kind were given prior to the removals.

Within the last several days I was also informed by personnel from Housing Authority of Grant County that they would “prefer” that I remove my Washington State Freedom sun shade from my balcony due to “hinted at” complaints from “some anonymous source.” If there were a valid complaint, then I should have been issued an official written 10-day warning notice from Housing Authority of Grant County. I was contacted via telephone today (July 14) by a representative from the Northwest Justice Project and was advised that apparently I am not in violation of my tenancy agreements, therefore I have been legally advised to leave my Washington State Freedom sun shade in place, and was

further advised that if any official notice is served hereupon in this matter that I am to immediately contact NJP for legal assistance. I am still Hoping for a nice rest of the summer here in the Coulee.

Tom Hawkins

Grand Coulee


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