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Thank you to Andy Beckstoffer and Sharon Crull for having the courage and integrity to stand up against the Davies Winery project and their many colleagues who are supporting it.

Andy’s letter ("Give thought to large winery projects," Dec. 3) stated the many reasons why this endeavor is such a bad idea for the entire town of St. Helena, with the exception of those working so hard to promote it.

I think if you take a look at the individuals supporting this project, you’ll find that every one of them has some sort of financial interest in the Davies tasting room. For the rest of us, it will serve only to create more problems: wine-tasting and parties serving alcohol just a few yards from our high school. Loud evening events that will impact all the surrounding neighborhoods. And increased traffic congestion along Main Street and the connecting surface streets.

No one who has sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic along Highway 29 during peak commute or lunch hours can be happy about the decision to put another signal at this already backlogged intersection. This element alone will affect every single member of our town every day of the week.

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I sincerely hope that our newly elected mayor and council members will work hard to reconsider this project, which is such a clear example of the powerful few disregarding the welfare of everyone else. As Andy pointed out, this is simply the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time. For once, let’s consider what’s best for the whole town, not just what will line the pockets of the privileged few.

Kirsten Mickelwait

St. Helena

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