Letters to the editor
February 7, 2002
Community bike trails are necessary
To the editor:
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” is what I was thinking while reading the “Town trails and bike program waste of taxpayer money” letter to the editor on Jan. 31.
Nikolaus and Frances Wrany made it very clear that they would rather drive their gas-guzzling, polluting SUV to Donner Lake, Safeway, or downtown than walk or ride a bike, actually contributing to the problems they stated would come from the construction of bike paths (noise, traffic jams, etc.).
Not only could this town become more centralized with a community bike path, but cleaner and safer. I only hope that Nikolaus and Frances Wrany are the voices of the minority on this topic.
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Martis Valley plan made for the benefit of developers
To the editor:
As a voting resident of Placer County residing at Northstar, I am appalled at the “so-called” general plan for Martis Valley.
Who wrote this plan? Basically, a bunch of developers who want to pave paradise and turn it into the Bay Area East.
Who is pushing this plan down the throats of residents? Basically, legislators in Auburn and Sacramento who are out of touch with the majority of residents who want to maintain the wilderness quality of our area.
Who benefits from this? Lawmakers who see dollar signs lining their pockets.
And who are the losers? We, the residents.
The reality is this area’s greatest asset is its wilderness quality. It is tourism that leads the economy here. Without the wilderness, there will be no reason for people to visit.
1. Highway 267 is already too congested and any expansion of it would add tens of thousands of new daily car trips.
2. New development will only further exacerbate this problem and it must be monitored carefully.
3. Development will definitely lead to pollution of water resources, including Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River.
4. New development will demand more water than the underground aquifers can supply, resulting in lowered water tables and reduced flow of rivers and streams.
5. Exhaust from increased traffic will cloud the clear Sierra skies.
6. Local and migratory wildlife will lose corridors through the Martis Valley.
7. Martis Valley is the gateway to the Lake Tahoe region and that first impression, with this plan, will become a massive traffic jam with smoggy skies. Hello, Pleasanton!
We, the voting residents of your county, need and deserve better. Placer County Supervisors, take heed: Go back to the drawing board and please work with organizations such as the Sierra Club and Sierra Watch to realize a vision that protects our Sierra landscape for future generations.
Emergency personnel responded quickly
To the editor:
On Friday, Jan. 11, I had occasion to require the skills of Truckee Fire Department personnel. Something triggered a major asthma attack about 10 that morning. I tried my Albuterol but it didn’t seem to work. I was home alone and could not breathe. I called 911 and they put me through to paramedics. The officer on the phone, Mike, stayed with me until help arrived, helping me to stay calm. The response time was terrific. A Truckee Police officer arrived almost immediately. The ambulance arrived directly after the officer.
Captain Larry Ochoa and Mark Wadsworth were great. They kept me calm while taking my vitals even when my blood pressure was elevated after taking the “rocket juice.” They were all very professional and caring. I can’t tell you how great it feels to have someone there when you truly need help.
I’d like to thank the police officer also. However, I have been unable to find out his name. I do know that when I didn’t want to sit down he was very firm about making me sit down. He was bigger than me and he did have a weapon.
Thanks guys. It’s really good to have you in Truckee.
Student says they’re carrying heavy loads
To the editor:
I want the “load” off my back. There has been a “no questions asked” attitude in Truckee in support of money, financial assistance, for our schools. This is good.
But I am sick of carrying my “desk” on my back. This problem is not just in Truckee; it is almost nationwide, as reported by CNN News.
Please Dad, friends and neighbors, give the schools no more money until we are made comfortable with the “work load.”
Washington state passed a law limiting the number of pounds students are required to carry to and from school. The same thing could be done in California for us. Spinal cord problems should not be my future for attending school. I, and my schoolmates, carry 20-plus pound loads that the American Medical Association says are harmful to us.
What to do? Money talks even louder than the number of students complaining about this problem. Our school district just might give serious consideration to this problem when faced with a dollar dilemma.
We can visit and return safely from a trip to the moon. Parents and the school board can find a solution that helps us “unload” the unreasonable weight we must carry in our academic pursuits.
8th grade, Sierra Mountain
Middle School, Truckee
Donner Summit trail system needed
To the editor:
It would be nice to have a trail system on Donner Summit for snowmobiles, dogsleds and cross country skiers.
The trail system could run from Cisco Grove to Donner Lake along Old Hwy. 40. I would like to be able to snowmobile to Belle Starr’s restaurant or Sugar Bowl and ski for the day. A trail system could go from the top of Old 40 to Donner Lake so it would be possible to get to Truckee in a snowstorm without dealing with the inexperienced drivers on the freeway.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, there is an elaborate trail system. In the midwest you can ride your snowmobile to the local grocery store or tavern. I would rather ride my snowmobile to Truckee than drive. This is what is missing in Truckee and on Donner Summit.
Speed limits should be reduced
To the editor:
Is it just me or do other people think the same about the speed limit ordinance in our Town of Truckee?
The speed limit on Donner Pass Road from the Interstate 80 entrance to the junction of Highway 89 is 35 miles per hour except when school children are present. The speed limit for the rest of the Donner Pass Road is 25 miles per hour all the way through Commercial Row. The speed limit on the stretch of 89 from the junction of Donner Pass Road to West River Street is 35 miles per hour for about a hundred yards and then 40 miles per hour from the Interstate 80 entrance to Highway 89 and through the railroad tunnel. The speed limit on West River Street from just about the roundabout to 89 is 45 miles per hour even when we pass by the mobile home park. Going through the railroad tunnel the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. There is even a speed limit sign indicating 40 miles per hour just a couple of feet past the “Peds in the Tunnel” caution sign.
I believe the tunnel, West River Street at the mobile home park and the entire Donner Pass Road are dangerous sections of our town for pedestrians. I don’t see why we should be allowed to drive 40, 45, and 35 miles per hour through these pedestrian hazards.
Isn’t it time to make our town a safer place by making all speed limits through the West River Street, Donner Pass Road and Highway 89 beginning at West River Street 25 miles per hour?
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