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Election Letters

I have been attending Truckee Tahoe Airport District board meetings for almost eight years. I was naive enough to believe that someone on the board actually cared about aircraft noise and its impact on our daily lives. No such luck. I got the impression that pilots just didnt care about anything except their freedom to fly anywhere, anytime.Fast forward to October 2006. The past two years have been a demonstration of pilot, airport and community cooperation toward improving relationships and understanding each other. I have seen many pilots who care about us and are going out of their way to help reduce the impacts on our neighborhoods. Sandy Korth and Bill Quesnel are two of those pilots who care about the impacts of the airport on our neighborhoods. Sandy and Bill have served on a committee set up by the airport board to identify ways to reduce negative impacts and have made the commitment to maintain a viable airport while considering its impact on the community. There are four candidates for two seats on the Truckee Tahoe Airport board. Sandy Korth and Bill Quesnel are candidates for those two seats. I have seen the other two candidates in action on the airport board. Their candidate statements say it all. Not a word about community concerns. Their actions as past and current board members support their lack of concern. Dont let management slip back into the bad old days. Lets move forward with a board that cares about our community. I am voting for Bill Quesnel and Sandy Korth and I hope you will too. Gaylan Larson CARE memberTruckee

My name is Lizbeth Doving. I serve on the board of the KidZone Childrens Museum and am actively involved in Truckee Family Club. My husband, Bill Kraus, is running for TTUSD school board. As a research scientist for NASA, people are often unaware of my husbands blue collar origins. It is in fact this background that goes a long way in explaining my husbands passion and dedication to the quality of education for all our children.Bill grew up in a family of modest means. His father was a policeman, and his one grandfather was a poverty level factory worker, while the other was an Italian immigrant. None of these men graduated from high school. Despite this, Bill was instilled with a lifelong passion for learning. He put himself through college by working part time jobs and earning small scholarships, eventually receiving a doctorate in biology on a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship while working in the rainforests of Costa Rica and the deserts of the American Southwest. Along the way, he taught himself how to work with computers, and as a result had a successful career in the technology industry. Now he is doing research for NASA on things I couldnt begin to understand, all while tirelessly doing volunteer work and being a father to our two preschoolers.Isnt this success story, a man from a humble background who uses his passion for learning to be successful, a lesson of hope we should instill in all our children? Lizbeth Doving Truckee

I have just a few words about judge candidate Ray Shine.R respectfulA attentive to family and communityY yes to the ethical, right wayRemember these strong attributes possessed by Ray Shine on election day.Dorothy M. FeusterRedwood City, Calif.

I like Truckee Donner PUD candidate Ron Hemig’s choice of Still Heads Above the Rest as a campaign slogan. It shows that he has placed himself above the common folk of our community. That slogan supports my last letter when I challenged Mr. Hemig with his statement of July 13, 2006 during the public hearing for the public utility district’s rate increase that while he appreciates the public’s input on items before the board, he is not influenced by what people have to say during public hearings, he has to base his decision on what He believes is good for the Public Utility District. He claimed in a follow up letter that he has to be concerned for all 12,000 PUD customers. Who were the people that took the time to come to the hearing, tourists? It is time to get some new faces on the public utility district board. People who do not have there head in the clouds, but down here with the common folk.Bryan DeVoe Truckee