I am a longtime resident at Donner Lake and have watched the growth in our community effect the enjoyment and use of the lake. The lake has been a source of pleasure for many, many years: fishing; sailing; rowing; canoeing; kayaking; water skiing; wind surfing and swimming too – just to mention the more obvious of the water sports. Today’s watercrafts are much bigger, sleeker and faster and, therefore, more dangerous than in the past. Recently, I happened to witness a high-speed craft barely miss a fishing boat, which prompted this letter. The wake of the boat nearly caused the fishing boat to capsize and also caused concern for two nearby kayakers. The boys in the fishing boat promptly pulled in their lines and hastily gave up fishing for the rest of the day.I know rules exist for boaters on Donner, but I hesitate to guess how many weekenders, and regulars for that matter, are aware of them. We do need more common courtesy and responsibility if these waters are to be shared. I would like to suggest that a list of rules and courtesies be passed out to each person launching a watercraft into the lake asking that they please read the same before entering the water. The list might include things such as which boats have the right of way, speed limits, noise levels, how far away from docks the boats should be, in which directions boats should go, etc.Donner is a small lake, but with good safety practices should be big enough for all to use and enjoy.Paula PriceDonner LakeExpect delays – and humorAs a “Donner Woman” who drives the length of Donner Lake sometimes up to several times a day, I want to applaud the construction and the road crews in their creative use of the sign board and their efforts to keep traffic flowing smoothly as our much anticipated water line is installed. From my vantage point in the driver’s seat the project appears to be huge.The flaggers are friendly and efficient, the wait truly minimal. I look forward to each new, cleverly written message on the sign board. The ability of the typist to think “outside of the box” adds a touch of humor and lightheartedness to what could otherwise be a grim commute. Who needs the freeway when you’ve got Donner Lake crews? Keep up the good work!Erin RobbDonner LakeTastelessWith regard to your Aug. 13 article “Bigfoot, Jackalope and single Truckee women,” the quote, “She’s not your girlfriend; it’s just your turn” is tasteless at best. The further analogy of competition for women “is like tigers fighting over meat” is a disgrace to all females. Congratulations in setting a new low standard in journalism.David RobertsonTruckeeRegret the errorThe sentence order in my Aug. 18 My Turn column (“Urban legends of the Truckee Tahoe Airport”) implied that there had been only one fatality associated with Truckee Tahoe Airport in the past 22 years. That is incorrect. There has been only one fatality in the past six years – a pilot heart attack in flight. I made this mistake as I combined statistics from different time periods in a brief paragraph. Pro-airport advocates are trying to present accurate information to the public and I regret this error. Rick TavanTruckee
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