By Donna Westfall – January 26, 2017 – As I walked in late at 6:15 am to laughter and camaraderie this morning to join Bob Berkowitz at Fisherman’s Restaurant, there was a raucous debate about commercially growing marijuana, where to deposit funds locally in a bank that will accept money from marijuana growers, how to tax it; and definitions of words. This is what I learned this morning:
Colloquy – “a formal conversation” – This word was used on the dais by Supervisor 1st District. Roger Gitlin, when he and Supervisor 5th District, Bob Berkowitz, engaged in a colloquy about committee assignments at the Board of Supervisors meeting January 25th. They traded assignments which was generally approved by the board.
How many years is a SCORE? As in “four score and seven years ago.” A score is 20 years. Guesses included 10 and 12.
How do you pronounce tinnitus (ringing in your ears)? Still under debate.
If a “couple” is two, how many is a “few.” Answer. More than a couple.
My take on the conversation about commercial marijuana grows boils down to the word “raucous” which means making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise. Synonyms: harsh, strident, discordant. Meaning of synonyms: is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. One position was set in stone. “NO! It’s a poison, it’s a drug. I am against it. Not today, not tomorrow and not ever.” Other positions were more open-minded describing things like the medical benefits.
The waitress was kind enough to take the picture.
Alex Fallman, Crescent City Councilman, joked about not being quoted before sunrise. It was still black outside.