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I write in support of Tom Anderson for Judge. I have known and worked with Tom for more than six years at the county. Tom is the public defender, which gives him daily, in-depth understanding of the judicial system ” he’s in the local courts everyday.

Tom Anderson has extensive experience as judge pro- tem and administrative law judge pro- tem. Tom Anderson has knowledge of the drug and mental health issues that end up in court, and I respect his approach, which includes both punishment and rehabilitation so that offenders do not re-offend. That approach saves the taxpayers money and reduces the burden on the courts by actually solving the problem that leads offenders into the judicial system in the first place.

Tom Anderson is a man of integrity, respect and fair mind. He will make an outstanding jurist. I urge you to join me in voting Tom Anderson for judge.

Barbara Green

Truckee

Because of my involvement with the airport district and having served on the airport board of directors for the past four years, I have been frequently asked who I support for the airport board in the November election.

I am giving my whole-hearted support to Sandy Korth and Bill Quesnel for the airport board. They both have been serving on the eight-member Airport Community Advisory Team for more than a year and a half. This committee has researched numerous options to reduce airport impacts on our community and, at the same time, maintain a healthy and viable airport for the future. The committee’s performance should serve as a model when it comes to community service and dedication. Individually, Sandy and Bill have put in countless hours and have proven their ability to work with and listen to all the members of our community. As an airport director, I can honestly say that their quality of work, research and recommendations to the airport board has been invaluable.

Both Sandy and Bill are up to speed on airport and community issues and are supported by both the “CARE” organization, a group of community members that successfully ran a slate in the last election, and the FoTTA organization (Friends of the Truckee Tahoe Airport). I believe the support of Bill and Sandy by these two informed and involved groups is an overwhelming endorsement.

I hope that you and your friends will join all of us in this very important election, by supporting both Sandy Korth and Bill Quesnel.

Steve Swigard

Tahoe City

I am amazed at the lack of outrage by the residents of the Tahoe-Truckee area regarding the actions of John Doolittle. He has no interest in preserving one of the most beautiful sites in Tahoe: Homewood Ski Area. Our “representative” Doolittle was able to stop the purchase of this unique property by the Forest Service stating that “they had too much property anyway”. His proposal is to allow the development of this area into 25 upscale homesites. You can be sure that his rich supporters will be the beneficiaries of this plan.

There is a lot of energy being spent to try and save the rain forest, yet we can’t muster support to save the jewel of the Sierras from self-serving, pompous politicians like Doolittle and his rich cronies.

Let’s unite and save what is left of our precious open spaces. Let Doolittle know at the ballot box that he is not representing the interests of the majority. Get active, find out what you can do to save our open spaces from hungry developers.

Most Americans, when polled, agree that it’s time for change, yet 90 percent of incumbents are re-elected. We need change and we don’t need John Doolittle. Save Tahoe, dump Doolittle.

Trish White

Alpine Meadows

Living in a small community makes mud-slinging especially uncomfortable.- We are all great people; we need to treat each other with respect. Lane Lewis’ guest column (“North Tahoe PUD on the right track”) on Monday was disparaging as he attacked his opponent, Jerry Wotel, as being politically ambitious and using Jerry’s opinion of the NTPUD reports as “election rhetoric.”-Lane has his opinions too, which he states as “facts.”-Many would disagree with his interpretations.-

Jerry is my neighbor and for 10 years I have known him to be concerned about the community, its growth and health. Take for example his many continuing community outreach efforts. –

He has publicly stated that he would limit himself to two terms.-Lane Lewis has been in office for 18 years and yet wants another term. Is this political ambition?-

Jerry is running a clean campaign, based on NTPUD reports and interviews with the staff, and I think it should stay that way. I support Jerry Wotel in this election and ask for your support as well.

-Gwen Rosser

Tahoe Vista

As a voter, it is imperative to research not only who I am voting for, but also what each candidate represents.

It’s very easy to understand Michael Golden and what he represents: his voting record speaks for itself. He has consistently supported the long-term viability of our airport while maintaining a balance with the community and the environment. Michael is conservative with taxpayer money, often opting to seek federal grant funding in lieu of spending district dollars. In fact, he successfully lobbied for the acceptance of FAA grant funding earlier this year to preserve local funding, which can be used where federal grants are not eligible.

Michael volunteered his time for two years serving on the Airport Noise Advisory Committee before he was elected to his current term on the board of directors. No other board member or candidate shares his successful background or experience. Michael Golden’s representation on the airport district board has been none other than exemplary in nature.

It is truly suspect that a group like CARE (Community Airport Restoration Effort) would endorse a slate of candidates to replace Michael Golden when there are three CARE-elected candidates already sitting on the airport board.

I for one would like to see equitable representation from our governing bodies. Seating a board with five candidates supported by one special interest group is stacking the deck in my opinion, and is certainly not equitable.

Please join me in voting to re-elect Michael Golden Nov. 7 for the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District Board.

Jim Porter

Truckee

I was surprised at the suggestion by a recent letter writer that Theresa May Duggan might be unduly influenced by “outsiders.” I have first-hand knowledge of her independence and resistance to any such influence. In the several years I served with her on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council, Ms. Duggan was our most consistent skeptic of “outsiders” promoting developments in the North Shore, such as those promoting the Tonapalo development.

Gordon Shaw

Homewood

I am writing in support of Sandy Korth and Bill Quesnel for positions on the Truckee Airport board of directors. I have been a resident of Truckee since 1981 and a resident of Prosser Heights since 1982. I have watched with some dismay the increase in airport traffic and noise which affects our neighborhood. I have on occasion called in a complaint on a low-flying aircraft.

At the same time I am a pilot who keeps his plane at the airport about half the year. Having attended both ACAT and airport board meetings, I believe Sandy and Bill represent Truckee’s best choice for balanced handling of the airport’s issues (which go way beyond noise). I have known Sandy for more than 15 years and know her to be a smart, even-handed person who listens and learns before acting. Although I don’t know Bill personally, his experience is obvious at the meetings I have attended.

I believe Bill and Sandy will bring the level of balance and expertise of the airport board of directors to a significantly higher level.

Russell Johnson

Prosser Heights

Jack Abramoff and “Duke” Cunningham have both been convicted of bribery and corruption of our U.S. Congressmen. While others of Abramoff’s “friends” in Congress have returned his gifts, Congressman John Doolittle has refused to return his ill-gotten gains, despite his friends’ convictions.

While sitting on the Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Doolittle heard personal testimony of forced abortion, sex slavery, religious persecution and sweat shops perpetrated against the imported workers in the factories on Saipan, the main island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, a part of the United States. Yet, despite hearing of these atrocities, Doolittle helped Abramoff obtain as a client the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, which was perpetuating this situation. Abramoff was paid $1.36 million to use his “influence” with members of Congress to keep Saipan without labor regulations and to stop legislation aimed at crackdowns on sweatshops and sex-shops. Thus, the status quo remained and the atrocities continued. As payment for Doolittle’s assistance, Abramoff donated $67,000 to his campaign coffers.

Our son and his family lived and worked on Saipan for almost five years. As frequent visitors, we had the opportunity to observe, first-hand, the horrendous conditions under which the factory workers were forced to live and labor. When we questioned how U.S. Congressmen could sanction such practices, we were told that “they never saw the underbelly on their luxury junkets…” We should all not only shudder at Doolittle’s breach of duty, but also vote to remove him from office on Nov. 7.

Luckily for us in the Fourth District, Retired Lt. Col. Charlie Brown has agreed to step up and return ethical, moral and patriotic behavior to our Congress. Having proudly given many years of his life to serving his country honorably, Brown is repulsed by these scandals which blacken the name of our country. We need to replace corrupt and bribery-prone men with men of character. Let us thank Charlie Brown for his willingness to serve his country as our Congressional representative, and vote him into office Nov. 7.

Sondra and Herb Napell

Tahoe City

Nov. 7 could be your lucky day because Theresa May Duggan is running for NTPUD. Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get a dedicated public servant. She has served as executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association, in addition to a board member of the Kings Beach Library Board, the Boys and Girls Club, La Comunidad Unida, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, WHATT and Sierra Watch.

Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get a 29-year resident of this amazing community. Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get someone who is involved and informed about the community. See above, enough said.

Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get a knowledgeable leader to guide our community through significant infrastructure repairs and improvements. Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get an elected official who wants to hear your opinion. Inclusion, that’s what she’s all about.

Vote for Theresa May Duggan and you’ll get to sleep at night knowing she’s making the best choices to handle the community’s sewer and water services needs. That’s the current needs and the needs for the future.

Theresa May Duggan’s opponents don’t make me feel very lucky. I’m glad we have a chance and choice to vote to make a difference in North Tahoe.

Let’s be optimistic about our future on Nov. 7 by casting a vote for Theresa May Duggan for Seat 3 of the North Tahoe Public Utility District.

Brenna O’Boyle

Mountain View

In this time of mud-slinging and finding fault with all of our politicians, I would like to add a positive note of thanks to John Doolittle, our congressman; Tim Leslie, our California state assemblyman; Duane Whitelaw, our fire chief; Bruce Kranz, our county supervisor; and Richard Adams, our Sierra District forester.

Two years ago, we accompanied several of these gentlemen up into the woods behind Burton Creek State Park to see the dreadful state of the forest. The fire danger was staggering. They all agreed and went to work to get something done about it. Through their great efforts, last spring a program began of clearing dead trees and brush away from the park. We have lived here for more than 20 years and every year the fire danger has gotten more frightening. The danger is not gone but it is certainly much diminished and the forest looks more beautiful. The slash is even going to be transmitted to an electricity-generating plant.

Again, thank you gentlemen for doing such a good job and listening to your constitutents.

Jim and Ginger Walsh

Tahoe City

Two years ago, our community elected a slate of three candidates supported by the “Community Airport Restoration Effort”, also known as CARE. Many communities have special-interest groups like CARE who take issue with general aviation airports by citing environmental nuisance and safety issues. In fact, they “care” little about airport health or its positive contributions to the local economy. They disguise themselves with compassionate-sounding acronyms to hide their real intentions.

Instead, we the taxpayers are often left footing the bill for these vocal zealots who use local government as a means to further personal agendas, such as using the guise of “noise control” to divert air traffic away from their homes, which they knowingly bought in the flight path. The airport this year came breathtakingly close to losing millions of dollars of federal funding thanks to the efforts of the “CARE” representatives. How exactly does increasing our tax burden show “care” for the airport or respect for local taxpayers?

This election year is even scarier. Although CARE is already a majority on the board, we are being lobbied once again to vote for two more. That would give the airport board a slate of five candidates who were endorsed and supported in their election efforts by one special interest group. That’s not good government by any stretch of the imagination. Good government is equitable representation comprised of differing opinions from varying interests. A slate of five is anything but good for our community.

There are many reasons why I support incumbent Michael Golden in his bid for re-election, and ensuring that we have fair and balanced representation is just one of those reasons. Michael has the best qualifications for the position, he has far more experience than those who are challenging him, and he equitably and respectfully represents the airport and its constituents.

Please vote for Michael Golden on Nov. 7 to ensure that the airport district board isn’t controlled by a special interest group.

Kathryn E. Kelly

Kings Beach

It’s funny, but in reading the paper nowadays you would think that all the board members at the airport ever discuss is noise abatement. Is that true? That’s what many want you to believe. But being on the airport board involves many issues facing the airport and the community. I feel that if you are voting solely for “feel good” noise abatement, then pick your candidate. But if you are voting for people that will truly represent the airport itself, and community that surrounds it, then I suggest two candidates who are going to get my vote: Michael Golden and Connie Stevens.

I must admit that I do not know all the candidates so I cannot tell you who not to vote for. The other candidates probably have many strong points. However, Connie Stevens and Michael Golden are not running on the same ticket, which is what I really like about them. They are running on their own and they are very separate, each one having there own ideas. Not ideas from a club or a group. I’ve seen both Michael and Connie in action and like what they represent. You always know where they stand and you always get a straight answer from both of them. I’ve seen Michael put his own body and soul into defending this airport, people and small businesses in it. I’ve seen Connie do the same in different circumstances. These folks are from two different spectrums with one solid goal. If you want real solutions to real problems including noise abatement, vote for who I’m voting for: Michael Golden and Connie Stevens.

David Achiro

Truckee

I support Brad Thomas for the Tahoe Forest Hospital Board. I have had the pleasure of working with Brad at the hospital and caring for his family. We have served on numerous committees at the hospital, and he is one of those unique individuals who wears many hats well. He is well aware and informed about issues that impact the hospital staff and the quality of care that the hospital provides. He interacts with not only physicians, but all staff members. Equally important, he asks the question of how decisions impact the community. We were involved in a voluntary community task force attempting to impact the availability of affordable insurance to the Tahoe area. Although this was a David vs. Goliath effort with the more common ending, I was impressed with his energy, integrity, consensus building, and genuine concern for “doing the right thing”. I hope you will join me in supporting a very qualified candidate, Brad Thomas M.D.

Chris Arth M.D.

Truckee

For openers: Blue Cheese and Blue Nun.

Choice of entree: Iraq of Lamb or Veal Abramoff, served with corporate greed tomatoes and take-back-the-house wine

For dessert: Impeachment cobbler, Dolittle upside-down-cake or Tony Snow Cones.

The decor? Red-fall Foley-age, of course.

Ted Thompson

Truckee

Rob Haswell is the finest candidate for public office Placer County has ever seen. He is a Paul Wellstone Democrat whose motto is “People before Politics.” He will be a true public servant.

Rob is a refreshing voice in a world of jaded politics. I have heard him speak on numerous occasions and have been impressed by his knowledge of the issues in our area, and his sincerity in the promises he has made. –

Rob Haswell has my vote for several reasons. He will protect our quality of life by preserving our rural heritage. He will invest in public transportation. He is committed to finding solutions to our health care crisis. He supports public education which is particularly important to me as a public school educator with 31 years experience. –

Rob is an honest man who believes in clean-money elections and political reform.-

Vote for Rob Haswell for California Fourth Assembly District.-

Valerie A. Sanchez

Auburn, Calif.

When I first came to the North Shore I wanted to meet the people who cared about the community and made a difference with their passion, participation, inspiration and willingness to accomplish changes through working with others. Time and again I heard about Theresa May Duggan. “She gets things done” I would hear.

We met, talked about our common goals for the re-invention of the North Shore community and have now worked hard together on workforce housing, the Main Street program, the Resort Association, the Pathways 2007 place-based planning effort, and most recently she has joined our team at Century 21 Tahoe Sierra Real Estate in Kings Beach.

Her passion for the community, commitment to work together, experience with multi-governmental and social organizations and vision for a revitlized North Shore make her the best choice for the North Tahoe PUD board. She will inspire the imagination of the board with new ideas and her efforts to cooperate and execute is up to the task of what is ahead of us. I hope you will join me and cast a vote for Theresa May Duggan on Nov. 7 for the North Tahoe PUD Board. We can do no better.

George Koster

Kings Beach

I write in response to two disturbing letters to the editor from the Oct. 27 Sierra Sun. For purposes of full disclosure, my “significant other” is Theresa May Duggan’s campaign treasurer.

Mrs. Holten-Chamblin’s letter, providing her opinion of Sue Daniels’ remarks at Candidates’ Night, is disturbing simply because it appears to disguise the writer’s connection to the Daniels campaign in that she is married to Sue Daniels’ campaign treasurer. Reasonable minds can differ on who best demonstrated their qualifications at that event, and I personally disagree with Mrs. Holten-Chamblin’s conclusions in that respect. But why not come out and say, “My husband is the treasurer of Sue’s campaign and I’m proud to support her because …?” Failure to do so suggests a hidden agenda of her own.

Mr. Hill’s letter is more disturbing because by innuendo it very closely approaches the type of negative campaigning that we are barraged with in our living rooms on essentially every campaign TV spot that blares across the screen ” none of which add any positive dialogue to a legitimate exchange of ideas on real issues. In a small town where our neighbors and friends have stepped up, on either side, stating their willingness to serve the community, we cannot and should not fall into the trap of negativity. Instead, we need to explore which of the candidates is better qualified and more likely to make a positive contribution to the oversight of the North Tahoe Public Utility District.

There is no basis in fact to suggest that Theresa Duggan’s contributors occasion any “undue influence” simply because they come from varied backgrounds and places. They came from a personal letter mailed to her holiday card list and they include some who have not uniformly agreed with her in the past, but who nonetheless contribute because they trust that her energy, integrity and willingness to listen to all sides will best serve our collective interests.

Please join me in supporting Theresa May Duggan for the NTPUD Board of Directors.

Dave Polivy

Kings Beach

Two years ago, our community elected a slate of three candidates supported by the Community Airport Restoration Effort, also known as CARE. Many communities have special-interest groups like CARE who take issue with general aviation airports by citing environmental nuisance and safety issues. In fact, they “care” little about airport health or its positive contributions to the local economy. They disguise themselves with compassionate-sounding acronyms to hide their real intentions.

Instead, we the taxpayers are often left footing the bill for these vocal zealots who use local government as a means to further personal agendas, such as using the guise of “noise control” to divert air traffic away from their homes, which they knowingly bought in the flight path. The airport this year came breathtakingly close to losing millions of dollars of federal funding thanks to the efforts of the “CARE” representatives. How exactly does increasing our tax burden show “care” for the airport or respect for local taxpayers?

This election year is even scarier. Although CARE is already a majority on the board, we are being lobbied once again to vote for two more. That would give the airport board a slate of five candidates who were endorsed and supported in their election efforts by one special interest group. That’s not good government by any stretch of the imagination. Good government is equitable representation comprised of differing opinions from varying interests. A slate of five is anything but good for our community.

There are many reasons why I support incumbent Michael Golden in his bid for re-election, and ensuring that we have fair and balanced representation is just one of those reasons. Michael has the best qualifications for the position, he has far more experience than those who are challenging him, and he equitably and respectfully represents the airport and its constituents.

Please vote for Michael Golden on Nov. 7 to ensure that the airport district board isn’t controlled by a special interest group.

Kathryn E. Kelly

Kings Beach

I am personally endorsing Robert Cassidy for Town Council. Bob moved to Truckee eight years ago. He had vacationed in Truckee for more than 30 years. The changes he has observed, from “small town Truckee” to a town where locals are moving away, have caused him great concern. I have often heard Bob question why we seem to have lost so much of the character of Truckee to development. He has stated that development should enhance the character of Truckee and minimize impacts to our current citizens. Bob is a vocal proponent of keeping Ponderosa Golf Course and will take a leadership role to preserve open space around Truckee’s core by promoting in-fill development. He will promote pedestrian accessibility along the Truckee River. Bob has an engineering background and will bring problem solving capabilities to the council. Please join me in voting for Robert Cassidy who truly has our best interests at heart.

Brad Woods

Truckee

It is interesting to see healthy debate intended to flesh out the issues. For Seat 4 on the NTPUD Board Jerry Wotel is challenging an 18-year incumbent. Jerry is technically qualified with a masters in engineering and years of practical experience in project management. He has researched the issues facing the PUD with verification from staff, and his findings and views are open for public review on his Web site, votefor.wotel.org. He is friendly and open-minded and well aware of the changes coming to our area. In fact, he initiated and manages the North Tahoe Community information exchange proving his care and creative energy for the area. You can subscribe for free by e-mailing jerry@wotel.org and be informed of proposed developments, meetings and dialogue.

Jerry is primarily retired and on a fixed income so he is very sensitive to sewer and water rates as well as property taxes. He has the time to be an active board member and brings a fresh perspective in tune with the demands of redevelopment and numerous project proposals affecting our district. Jerry will serve our district very well.

David McClure

Tahoe Vista

This letter is to express my support for Sue Daniels who is a candidate for the NTPUD, Seat Three. Sue is also supported by my friend and retiring board member Norma Schwartz. I have known Sue for many years and have high regard for her abilities. When I listened to Sue field the questions that were presented to her at the Community Forum, I was convinced that she would do a superior job. It was evident that she was informed, well intentioned and has the pulse of our community. I personally know her to be honest and approachable.

All of her supporters and financial backers are 100 percent local to the NTPUD. Sue has the ability, the time and the energy to study the issues and then represent us and represent us well. I encourage you to join me in marking your ballot for Sue Daniels.

Sally Frazier

Carnelian Bay

After thoughtful consideration I have decided to cast my vote on Nov. 7 for Tom Anderson for Judge. With 23 years courtroom experience, 10 years as a county administrator and extensive experience as a judge pro-tem, Tom Anderson is the only candidate with the experience to walk into the courtroom and go to work. Since he’s in the Nevada County courts everyday, he already knows and understands the programs that are serving us well ” drug court, peer court, mental health court (which he helped create) ” and now he’s working to create a domestic violence court. These are problem solving courts that are the future of our court system. They work. And they save huge amounts of taxpayer money. I urge you to inform yourself by visiting http://www.TomAnderson2006.com and join me in voting for Tom Anderson.

Rolf Godon

Truckee