August 17, 2006
What has happened to our lake? I went to sleep one night and awakened to find if one wants to cut a tree on one’s own property a fine of $10,000 will be levied. But the U.S. Forest Service is allowed to burn thousands of acres (Controlled burns; what kind of sick joke is that?) of our forests so they won’t catch on fire.
Wake up people and smell the smoke. Stand up for the rights we apparently don’t have. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) should be called the USSR, since they have more rights than we do.
After reading the guest column “Tahoe isn’t beautiful anymore” (Sierra Sun Aug. 7), it became so clearly apparent that, indeed, there are two sides to every story.
The writer is a nanny seemingly concerned more about the “dog” problems in our area than her young charges, as she stops everything to “rescue” dogs on the loose. First of all, the “tourists” she referred to ” not that there’s anything wrong with that ” were locals, unselfish ones at that, for stopping in Tahoe City to rescue a dog hit accidentally on Route 89, locating the owner, calling the vet listed on the dog tag, loading the animal into a car of a bystander after taking the time to determine whether “Tucker” could be moved, and delivering him to the vet. There were four cars and passengers involved in the rescue, and needless to say the only one ranting was the column writer, a major distraction at best. She tried to shout orders (in the middle of rescue attempts) finally arriving at the scene with her charges, yelling and screaming at the top of her lungs. No help at all.
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Tucker had escaped from his yard, as many smart dogs manage to do, and took off across the road. His owner, worried and concerned, also not a “tourist,” rushed to the vet’s office immediately upon receiving the call that Tucker was injured, and expressed his gratitude to all the “tourists” involved.
Tahoe is indeed beautiful after all. A community of caring individuals that stop in the middle of other activities to aid a stricken pet. The writer should pay such caring attention to the children who are put in her charge. Accidents are part of this life on earth ” animals or human. The so-called “beauty” of an area is often simply the response of the community at large, be they local or “tourist,” to a problem or occasional mishap.
I’m proud of what those people collectively did for Tucker. People with no connection to each other, responding in an emergency ” calmly, positively, and working together to save one of Tahoe’s pets. Wow! That’s the beauty of Tahoe.
During Tuesday night’s public statements regarding the Truckee General Plan update on channel 6, Ron Hemig spoke of his concern for his neighborhood of Pine Forest, because the General Plan showed planned commercial use on about 40 acres near his residence. He does not want commercial land use near his neighborhood. I guess he is concerned that it will lower the quality of life he should have as a resident of Pine Forest or maybe value ($).
This caused a major flashback for me, because on July 13 I was laying in a Tahoe Forest Hospital bed recovering from knee surgery that day I came across CH 6 doing the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board meeting about raising the water rates. While I admit I was under the influence of a pain killer, Ron Hemig, president of the PUD board, following public input, made this statement ” give or take a few words: While he appreciated the input of the public and thanked the locals that showed up, decisions that he makes regarding the actions of the board are based only on what he believes are best for the PUD and public input is not part of his considerations (check the tapes for that night).
My thoughts at that moment were “what has happened to ‘by the people, of the people and for the people!'” Ignore public input on a rate hearing for the PUD and then show up at the Planning Commission hearing and use public input time to plead his case for his neighborhood and his wallet, expecting the Planning Commission to accept his input when making their decision.–
Bryan E. DeVoe
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