February 11, 2008
I’d like to respond to the Feb. 1st guest column (“An open letter to the downtown Truckee post office” Sierra Sun) bitterly criticizing the entire downtown post office. Like the writer, I’ve had some less-than-satisfactory dealings with the post office in the past. But to remind me, and hopefully others, that all employees are not the same, the very next day I had a positive experience there. A postal worker named Michael, who is one of the folks who distributes our packages into the lockers, located a missing delivery and called me at home to tell me he’d found it. I’d simply asked him (politely) earlier in the day to keep an eye out for this particular package, and he did.
Try to remember that no matter how harshly we may judge any group, there are always exceptions that deserve recognition. They are individuals, not the post office. Also, when was the last time that kind of vitriol made anything better, for you or anyone else? You know the old saying, a carrot is better than a stick. Treat others with the respect you would like from them as well. As Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world. My thanks to Michael and to other public service employees whose work often goes unappreciated.
I recently had my snowboard stolen at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. I found out afterward that this happens quite often. It seems to me that many resorts aren’t doing enough to make us aware of this problem or to protect us from it.
I’ve made a short list of things we patrons can do to protect ourselves:
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– Insure your equipment.
– Always use a lock. You can buy one at most ski shops for less than $20.
– If you’re at the base of the resort, always lock up your snowboard and equipment, or use the check-in services. The check-in services operate like a coat check, and some resorts offer it as a complimentary service.
– If you’re skiing with friends, mix your skis up together to make it harder for thieves to grab a pair and walk off.
Together, we can all work together to foil thieves and keep our resort visits the way they should be: fun and safe.
I just read yet another story of people surviving in the harshest of environments. First there was the family who went looking for a Christmas tree and got stuck in the snow for three days but were rescued with only minor frostbite. Then the people who were trapped after the avalanche in a popular Lake Tahoe ski resort. Then the young men who were trapped skiing by Yosemite National Park. And the latest and most impressive, the Utah couple who were just rescued 12 days after they were reported missing.
Each of these stories had unique situations where instinct had to take over; from building yourself a snow cave (as the skiers did), to using carburetor cleaner to light a fire (Utah couple). These stories can all be attributed to an ever popular show on the Discovery Channel, “Survivorman.” While teaching people how to survive and keeping one entertained he is responsible for saving all of these people’s lives.
So I say good job to you Canadian survivalist Les Stroud and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I have been a full-time year round resident of Truckee for the last 31-plus years and if my memory is correct, this is my first letter to the editor. During that time I have lived at Donner Lake, the Ponderosa Golf Course area and Tahoe Donner. I have been through drought years, average winters and record snowfall years, which brings me to the point of this letter. I cannot remember a year when the snow removal around town has been better. I would like to thank the Town of Truckee Road Department crews, supervisors, and managers for a job well done. Keep up the good work and again thank you for making our roads safe.
I have just had another adventurous day buying groceries in Truckee. The adventure comes in in trying to walk to the train station to catch a bus home. Truckee obviously has the finances to beautify the city and put in a whole new downtown district, but putting in a walkway so pedestrians can safely traverse from the shopping district to old town is too “working class” to worry about. As it is now we car-less ones must walk on icy pavements directly next to vehicles of all sizes and squeeze ourselves through the narrow “tunnel” under the highway to get our survival essence.
On my last venture I returned at night and had to scramble up on a steep bank of snow when I saw the snow plow coming with his blade raised. Thank goodness he saw me shortly before driving by and moved his blade to the right otherwise I would be walking to get my groceries on stumps now.
Of course, it could be that the good Town of Truckee purposely wants the road narrow to help economically cleanse the town of all those poorer people who ruin the yuppie image it wants to have.
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