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Cove has decision to make

Reading the “My Voice” column — “Cove unified on issue of drugs” — printed in the Wednesday, Oct. 30, edition of The Observer left me in complete disbelief of what I was reading. 

Chris Haefer’s story is so different than what I heard from him at the meeting. It is very important that the facts be revealed to the public. In my opinion, Chris Haefer did not in any way describe correctly what happened in the meeting or what the complete discussion was about. 

So please listen to the audio that is available to the public. If this was my child I would ground him for six weeks and take away his toys. I would then have him listen to the words spoken at the meeting from the audio recorded at the meeting until he understood what he said. As a mother of four children and grandmother of 11, I do understand their behavior.

First, a little personal information about myself and my husband, Lonnie. We, unlike Chris Haefer, are business owners in Union County and we own our own home. Chris, a professional salesperson and renter who has no stake of any property around the grow site, can move at any time. Lonnie is a veteran and member of the VFW in Union. We help support many different charities. We also support and offer many discounts to our valued customers. We have put in many hours without payment to help those who are in need. Lonnie and I also support many businesses in the area.

We have lived in Cove since 1997. We moved here to care for our grandmother and keep her at home and not a nursing facility. Lonnie’s family is from this area and has lived here for many generations. Our grandparents, at one time, owned the property next door to the Cove Drive In. There was a time that his grandparents worked the water rights to the whole city of Cove. His family were teachers in the school district and the men were builders. They built some of the homes in the city of Cove. They all still stand and are considered to be inventive for their day. Lonnie planted the trees that are in our front yard 48 years ago as a child. Cove was his place for vacations, hunting and fishing with his grandparents.

Lonnie calls these the good old days. When you could camp and drive into the woods. 

The McLucas family does not own a marijuana card and does not plan to ever have one. The marijuana business is very lucrative. Just read The Nickel from Oct. 31, 2013, in the want ads, marijuana for sale. Some towns will let marijuana in and other towns will not. What will the City of Cove decide when it comes to the distribution of marijuana to others? Our opinion is we do not care about the marijuana. However, there is a place for everything. 

We teach our children no drugs and the neighbors are growing it in their yard.My Voice


Teresa McLucas of Cove has been a business owner in Union County for the past five years.


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