Letter to the Editor: and#8216;Oddand#8217; Truckee has a lot to offer
March 4, 2010
My wife and I moved to Truckee a little over two years ago and the experience we have had is a far cry from the disjointed, rambling list of and#8220;faultsand#8221; recounted in Ms. Swinneyand#8217;s letter in the Friday, Feb. 26, edition of the Sierra Sun.
Missing in the and#8220;letterand#8221; is any sense of continuity, perspective or compassion. Letand#8217;s be realistic here and#8212; even the and#8220;second homeand#8221; crowd has more time under their belt than one week. I donand#8217;t even expect to be viewed as a and#8220;localand#8221; and Iand#8217;m on the radio 5 days a week!
As to the insults and mistreatment of customers at local retail establishments, maybe those folks were having a bad day, or talking about something unrelated, or maybe, just maybe, a combative, judgmental newcomer to the community viewed a normal, busy transaction as a personal affront.
Hereand#8217;s my proposal: Spend a year here before passing judgment. Enjoy the fishing and hiking at Donner Lake in the summer, visit with locals and vendors at First Fridays and Truckee Thursdays, play Frisbee-golf at the regional park or just pick a spot and relax by the river. Join us for Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead and Independence Day celebrations. Participate in a local election, take a yoga class, work out at the community recreation center. Enjoy a day at one of the four ski resorts within a 20-minute drive. Check out the diverse restaurant selection Truckee has to offer: sushi, barbecue, gourmet locally sourced cuisine, authentic Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Thai and delicious delis.
In other words, try it before you dismiss us as a bunch of rude, ungrateful bums; this and#8220;oddand#8221; little town has a lot more on offer than youand#8217;ve noticed.
Brian and#8220;Shaggyand#8221; Smith
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