Sun Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
February 25, 2010
CHEERS: To the last impression our local athletes made at this yearand#8217;s Olympics. We know weand#8217;ve cheered them a lot the past couple weeks, but forgive us. We wonand#8217;t be able to do this for another four years. Again, thanks to Julia Mancuso, Shannon Bahrke, Marco Sullivan, Daron Rahlves, Errol Kerr, Hannah Teter, Elena Hight, Scott Bahrke, Stacey Cook and Nate Holland for representing our region so well.
JEERS: To the first skier death of the season at area resorts this week and#8212; and it couldnand#8217;t have happened to a nicer guy. C.R. Johnson, who was competing at this weekand#8217;s big mountain competition at Squaw Valley U.S.A., is the latest ski legend to perish while doing what made him so popular. But to those who had a chance to know Johnson, he was kind, courageous and a great spokesperson for skiing across the world. Out thoughts go out to Johnsonand#8217;s friends, family and peers who will not soon forget him.
JEERS: To online trolls. We have a few on our websites who pounce at the first opportunity to insult and reject other ideas, which we discourage endlessly. Weand#8217;ve heard from our readers, who also get very upset at these readers, who refuse to participate with any type of civility. We want to provide an open community without censorship, but these trolls make it very difficult.
CHEERS: To the new shuttle from Sacramento International Airport that will help plug one of the many gaps in our transportation system. While this will help us get more visitors from the west, we know we need a lot more of this type of regional support. Unlike the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, weand#8217;re not imagining a day without traffic jams and gridlock. That seems a bit unrealistic. Weand#8217;re imagining a day when visitors can easily leave their hotel room or condo, find a bus stop, and be taken to anywhere they want in the Tahoe region, so even if they are in a powder-day traffic rush, they are enjoying the sites while relaxing on a mass transit system.