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Put residents’ health first
Letters may be sent to The Ceres Courier, 138 S. Center Street, Turlock CA 95380 or emailed to

I drive along Lander Avenue several times a week, and have noticed that the businesses are dominated by three major merchants: smoke shops (5), liquor stores (4), and convenience stores (3). This is just in an 8/10 of a mile stretch from West Main to Linwood!  I question the decision to approve to place so many of these shops for the residents of the Westside of town.

I do not know how licenses and permits are issued, but I suspect it is because of the anticipated tax revenues. Tobacco use and alcohol use or abuse are responsible for the majority of preventable deaths in the United States. 

Is this how we want to support our residents?

 — Judy Moore