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By Lou Marzeles

Community division over pot still foments lingering rancor


True story: not long ago, I was talking with an acquaintance from Georgia. Somehow the topic came around to the Civil War.

“You mean the ‘War of Northern Aggression,’” the Georgian corrected. He was completely serious. It turns out many in the deep south, a century and a half later, still consider that conflagration an unwarranted intrusion upon southern sovereignty.

Rancor doesn’t die easily once developed to fierce intensity. Monday night’s Goldendale city council meeting was both an example of that and an opportunity for a new beginning. The unpleasant alternative is ongoing generations of vindictiveness.

The developments of the last few months over legal marijuana—to ma...

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