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I am writing in response to the articles regarding some vintners quashing a Dine and Donate event on behalf of Vision 2050 at the Forge Pizza Restaurant. There are many disturbing aspects of this action.

I am most struck and disturbed at the comment by Mr. Rex Stults that Vision 2050 is a small group of divisive people who want to bring down our wine industry. This is not factual.

I have read Vision 2050 materials, attended public hearings and spoken with many members. I heard no one or read anything that indicated a desire to bring down Napa’s wine industry. To call or perceive that raising concerns about projects is tantamount to wanting to destroy our wine industry is an over-reaction.

Concern about environmental impacts is not about destroying anything. It is about protecting and supporting healthy living.

Not only is Mr. Stult's statement inaccurate, but I am appalled that what is good citizenship is denigrated by him. A healthy democracy needs citizen participation. Citizen participation requires being informed and actively involved in issues affecting the community; informing governing agencies, council, boards and the community of one’s concerns and recommended action.

Vision 2050 has done exactly that. Whether one comes to the same conclusion or agrees with a recommended action, as a democracy, we want this level of involvement, concern and appropriate action from everyone.

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The Dine and Donate event was a mutually beneficial business agreement. This new restaurant could increase the number of  diners on the event day, new customers would be introduced to the restaurant and Vision 2050 would receive revenue to help with their endeavors. This is hardly an action to destroy our wine industry. I hope not many other vintners think as he does.

We are living in a time where not listening to and/or trying to control others who differ from us is dangerous and wrong.

Dottie Lee

Napa

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