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Letter to the Editor: State sovereignty clouds Lake Tahoe

As if Lake Tahoe werenand#8217;t facing enough problems, now we have added a new level of political histrionics with the Nevada passage of SB 271 legislation. Focusing on sovereign status or position is wrong for the environment. The most important environmental issues do not respect state borders. Ironically, SB 271 is just another example of self interest placed ahead of common good.

Sadly, the TRPA may no longer be the key broker of environmental credibility; but for lack of an alternative, it remains the standard bearer. Legitimacy is ultimately a function of performance, not process. While Tahoe is a better place because of the environmental oversight of the past 40 years, the uncomfortable truth is that the majority of lake environmental thresholds required by law remain in noncompliance. Perhaps changes are needed, but SB 271 is not the right method.

First and foremost, we need to be citizens of Lake Tahoe, which is a national treasure. The actual state we call home is secondary. This includes the lakeand#8217;s governance. TRPA board members need to protect the lake, not the state or interest group they might represent. Without this commitment and understanding, they should never be appointed. –

Years ago the acclaimed movie and#8220;The Misfitsand#8221; captured the quintessential spirit of Nevada. One of the great lines from this movie was: and#8220;the slogan of Nevada is anything goes, but donand#8217;t complain if it went.and#8221; Concerned citizens of Lake Tahoe need to speak up now and tell the politicians what the real priority is.

Ann Nichols

North Tahoe Preservation Alliance

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