Most of those responding to this week’s online poll said they thought the City Council should approve the Petaluma Health Care District’s request for a general plan amendment to allow a Walgreens to be built on a site they own near Petaluma Valley Hospital.
The majority also said the council should allow an exemption to the city’s drive-through policy for the pharmacy.
Here are some of the comments.
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“A much needed service, especially in emergencies.”
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“As for a pick-up window, if somebody is so sick that they can’t get out of a car to go inside the store, they are too sick to be driving safely. CVS is currently located less than 1/4 mile from there so a Walgreen’s is simply not needed. And the CVS store on East Washington is open 24-7. So if there was a real need in Petaluma for a late night pharmacy, they would already have it.”
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“CVS has a monopoly on drugstores in Petaluma. We need a choice! CVS has the highest prices in the county and the rudest pharmacy department. Again, we need a choice!”
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“Having a drive through is important for the sick and elderly. I also love Walgreens! Their staff is always friendly and helpful. I drive to Cotati to get my perscription from Walgreens.”
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“I think that Petaluma needs another full- service pharmacy. The CVS is not adequate with constant long lines, mistakes almost every time and often unstocked shelves. Although I understand the concerns about the drive-through, I believe that those who struggle with walking or who are ill might benefit greatly from being able to drive through and get a prescription.”
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“I wouldn’t use it; I get my prescriptions elsewhere.”
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“Parents can pick up medicine without bringing their sick kids in the store to infect me. Elderly and disabled will have an easy time picking up their medicine. But it should only be for medicine and not for shopping of any kind.”
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“Pharmacy yes, drive through no!”
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“There is always an excuse for “drive-thru” windows of every kind. Most people I know get their meds via mail order! No need to drive and wait in line in a car or in a store! Simple, environmentally sound, cheaper etc. Do we really need another pharmacy in town?”
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“There is a need for a pick-up window in our town. It is something I would have appreciated when my kids were little.”
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“These anti “drive-though” policies are a complete political correctness joke. If I wanted to live in Marin or Berkeley, I would move.”
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“This will be a great service to the community with a close proximity to the hospital as well as the drive up window providing convienence to the large senior population in the area.”
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“With an aging public, a drive-through pharmacy is needed someplace in Petaluma but this location may not be the best solution.”
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