Cheers and jeers: phone books, shorezone and election forum collaboration |

Cheers and jeers: phone books, shorezone and election forum collaboration

CHEERS: To the various organizations in Truckee who have banded together to host a trio of election forums for the important races to be voted on this November. Kudos go to the Truckee Tahoe League of Women Voters, a grant from the Pat Sutton Memorial Fund, the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, the Sierra Green Building Association, TTCTV Channel 24, the Sierra Sun and Moonshine Ink for collaborating on a very important community event.

JEERS: To more phone books. Listen: Phone books are great and all, but do we really need these huge shipments dropped off numerous times a year? In the end, they do more harm than good by sitting on the ground in front of empty residences and commercial buildings and giving potential thieves a good idea of where they might be able to strike. Not to mention the waste of paper associated with the hundreds of these books that never get opened. The Internet serves as a perfectly good phone book, and while it may not be the best option for our older population, there has to be a better solution out there than wasting time and money by blindly overloading residences with these paper dinosaurs.

JEERS: To another roadblock in the seemingly never-ending Tahoe Regional Planning Agency shorezone saga. Weand#8217;re not saying Judge Karltonand#8217;s ruling is wrong; indeed it is right, and the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Sierra Club deserve to celebrate. However, the debate has stretched past 22 years, and this latest ruling guarantees more time will go by. Think about all the worldly significant events that have happened the past 22 years and#8212; heck, the Berlin Wall was still up when this debate began. Itand#8217;s our hope the next plan submitted by TRPA is the right one.

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