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Sun editorial: Cheers and Jeers

The Editorial Board

CHEERS: To local ski resorts reporting double-digit percentage increases in visits this year compared with last season. In 2008-2009, ski resorts nationally dropped roughly 3 percent, the first such decline in more than a decade. This year, it looks like the healthy growth of the ski industry is back on track, which is long-overdue news for local retailers, restaurants and service providers whom are benefiting from the uptick. Oh yeah, and more snow is coming.

JEERS: To a few school board members who continue to pass the buck on their own accountability for communicating to their constituency. The Sierra Sun gets blamed repeatedly in public for the districtand#8217;s communication issues by some of our elected education officials and#8212; and that was the case at this weekand#8217;s board meeting. Frankly, thatand#8217;s absurd. For our readers who might have heard differently, our policy with the district is open-door. Any time they want to address issues or policies, we will publish it, whether itand#8217;s a column, letter or public service announcement. And we meet regularly with district officials to understand the context behind the issues. Going forward, we encourage the school board to use the tools we provide to improve communication with their own constituents, instead of repeatedly blaming reporters for digging into issues that are, in most cases, controversial and uncomfortable long before they end up in a headline.

CHEERS: To the local nonprofit who is working hard to supplement local education funding. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education, a grant-generating foundation for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, reported a total of $150,731 in grants awarded to schools for the 2008-09 fiscal year, just above the 2007-08 total of $149,000. We encourage locals concerned with education to give locally, before giving back to their alma mater and larger institutions.