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Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘no’ on Measure J

Truckee has a many buildings suitable for performing arts. My daughter’s fashion show was at our new recreation center and I hope the design includes performing arts. If the new rec center cannot host performing arts, we have the old rec center, the VFW and our town hall, perhaps the largest town hall per capita.

Local and visiting artists have performed here in different venues for decades. We have an outdoor amphitheater and there is no existing local summer theater and dance program(s) to take advantage of that. I suggest we look to that facility as well as others to support our performing arts community.

One of Tahoe’s most popular events is outdoor Shakespeare plays at Sand Harbor. It is ludicrous to spend money we do not have to build a performing arts center when we have so many other options available.

There is already a pool at Truckee High that could be improved, if necessary, helping both our community and the high school. A new aquatic center is another big cement footprint with attached parking lot, more lighting and continuous overhead of utilities, staff and maintenance. Costs will mount 24/7 while we’re swimming in Donner, Boca and the other lakes and rivers we are blessed with.

I’m especially conflicted when thinking of the kind of people an indoor pool would attract to our area. People should come to our area because they love nature and spending time in the outdoors, not because we have all the “amenities.”

It’s tree hugger versus bubble boy. We represent our area best when focusing on churning out winter Olympians and not spreading ourselves too thin in the hopes of boasting Truckee’s first, almost-made-it-to-the-Olympics indoor swimmer, diver, water polo player or synchronized swimmer.

Mike Akay


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