July 20, 2004
Azad McIver had become our community’s grandmother, a link with Truckee’s past and a link with the older generation for many who don’t live near their parents or grandparents. She held court in her Gateway cabin for so many high school students, neighbors and close friends, telling her amazing story of coming from Armenia to settle in the mountains over and over again. It was very special to be with Azad for this year’s Fourth of July parade, as I had for many years – and as she had for decades before we came to the Sierra. I knew it would be our last time together, and enjoyed reflecting on her role in our community.Tahoe Forest Hospital, along with so many local organizations, benefited from her generosity, continuing the tradition of the Joseph family. Her financial assistance with the new expansion, her role as a founding contributor to Hospice, and her willingness to support the hospital in so many ways was an inspiration. When Maia Schneider and I asked Azad to be interviewed for a fund raising video, she told us that giving was one way of expressing her appreciation to live in a free country, reminding us that the freedom we take for granted is a special gift to be celebrated as often as possible. Azad’s death brings an era to an end, and a reminder that each of us choose our own role in building the community in which we live. We will miss Azad and her joyous spirit.Rob EskridgePresidentTahoe Forest Hospital BoardTahoe Forest Hospital Foundation Board MemberCowardly actsI would never usually write a letter to the paper but today is an exception. The Sierra Sun promotes, through their letter and guest column pages, active debate on local issues giving people a chance to air their views.A letter will appear one week stating a particular view and usually there is a response the following week. Some of these letters can get quite heated, but readers do get to hear both sides of a particular issue enabling them to make their own decisions.My husband is active in the community and has written various letters and guest columns on issues that arise and he has most certainly had responses in your paper. However, on no occasion until last week has anyone ever telephoned our home and tried to intimidate us. In last week’s paper my husband wrote a guest column (“Truckee Tahoe Airport Board has been hijacked” Sierra Sun July 16). That afternoon, a man refusing to give his name, called our house, and was verbally aggressive. To not give his name was a cowardly act and to be aggressive to me, when I was clearly NOT my husband, was deplorable. On Saturday we received another unwarranted call, this time from a woman named Pat at a 546 number. She again refused to give her name; only she forgot that one can dial *69! This type of behavior from adults is totally inappropriate, if not despicable. May I suggest that those on the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board and their supporters argue their case through the appropriate channels in the future, or I will give their details over to the sheriff’s office without hesitation.Kerry VatistasTahoe CityA sad day for shoppersIt is a sad day in Truckee when a family arrives before stores open and decides to go on a walk through the lovely setting of homes around town. A grandmother, mother and two small children enjoying the beautiful morning, looking forward to patronizing the shops and having breakfast as we do six to eight times each year.Usually we park by the train store. This time we parked in the main stream. Our mistake. We received a ticket. Not being observant of signs and not considering putting the kids back in the car seats to move at 11 a.m. because we were too busy spending money in the shops. Our mistake.Carla PitmanLittlerock, Ca.