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Sheriff clarifies ad regarding area death

To the editor:

On August 31, the Sierra Sun published a classified advertisement regarding the death of Eva Nixon on April 2, 1999. The individuals who placed the ad stated that “your law enforcement refused to investigate and the prosecutor refused to prosecute.”

As a point of clarification, Eva Nixon was reported missing to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and not the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office as alluded to in the advertisement. The ensuing search and investigation for Ms. Nixon was conducted by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and as such, we are unable to address the specifics of their investigation. I will say, however, as a result of my experience in dealing with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, that I have found them to be a very professional organization and one that is thorough in their investigations.

I can only reassure the citizens of Truckee that this unfortunate incident did not occur in Truckee. Furthermore, my department and I stand firm in our commitment to provide the town with the highest quality of law enforcement service.

Lastly, as Sheriff, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Eva Nixon for their loss.

Sheriff Keith Royal

Nevada County

Devastating forest fire could happen here

To the editor:

We are sitting on a powder keg, which could result in many or all residents losing their homes. As individual homeowners, many of us clean up the deadwood, cones and other fire fuel around our homes. That helps. However, some homeowners ignore their lot’s fire fuel and many greenbelts are loaded with dead material.

It’s interesting that our best economy in 50 years is at the same time as the most dangerous fire conditions in 50 years. With large quantities of dead material piling up for 40 years since the last major fire here, we are being shortsighted if we don’t use resources to clean up the whole wooded area now. Each year we wait, it is increasingly likely (inevitable) a fire crowning from tree to tree and house to house will “clean up” for us.

If you support using more resources to clean the forest before it is too late (an ounce of prevention), contact Tahoe Donner Association Board Members and local or state fire officials. It’s cheap insurance to save your home. Be active instead of sorry.

Duke and Sally Ackerman


Locals speak out against homosexuality

To the editor:

Your recent opinion piece regarding gay weddings saddens me [“Two brides, one wedding,” Sun, 8/31]. I can only say that since you are very young, you don’t realize the damage being caused to society by the gay movement. I admit their agenda over the past 25 years has been very effective, but the main issue that gays want to accomplish is not only tolerance and acceptance of their lifestyle, but open arms and full recognition of their partnerships as marriage. Theirs is not a marriage, let alone a marriage recognized by God. Even if a state should legalize gay marriages, that will do nothing to change God’s view.

Gays are not satisfied with being open and living a life as they want to (live and let live), but they insist on the rest of us embracing and promoting their mixed-up lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with one group disagreeing with another, but in the case of gays, they have painted a picture that if you don’t embrace their lifestyle but actually disagree with it then you are a hate-mongering homophobic. The media’s liberal views attempt to convince the public and youth that the gay lifestyle is normal, but it just isn’t.

I agree with you that prejudice against interracial marriages was once the case, but now is acceptable and that’s fine. But you cannot compare a chosen lifestyle to a race of people.

As far as your schoolmate is concerned, I hope the best for her and her friend, but also hope she gets back to her roots of high school (before she chose the gay way) and realizes being gay is a choice, not a part of the human make-up.

Unless we, the “straight” population, start voicing our opinion loud and fast, then the battle will be an easy victory for the gay community.

Jamie Brimer


To the editor:

Nik Dirga’s soapbox article (Sun, 8/31) got me thinking about love. You said that “love is all we need.” We love our dog, our neighbors, our family and friends, but that doesn’t constitute marriage. We love our children. Should we love them so much that we will allow them to do things that are harmful to them, like play in the street or touch a hot stove?

To us love means boundaries, it doesn’t mean “if it feels good do it.” When we really love someone it’s so much more than making them “happy.” Sometimes you have to discipline, to set rules and yes, enforce laws that protect them. Laws are given for protection and if broken there are consequences.

Our Heavenly Father created man and woman in many different colors and races in His own image. He sets laws in place to protect us because He loves us. One of His laws is against homosexuality because God did not create a man to have sex with a man, or a woman to have sex with a woman. If you think about this it is obvious.

Do you know that the average homosexual man has over 200 sex partners in his lifetime? Is this love or lust? There are many consequences to living this lifestyle and God loves us enough to say No! Homosexuality is a choice that 3 percent of the people make. They were not born that way, they choose to be that way.

As for us, we will follow what we know to be true, and we will continue to teach our children that homosexuality is wrong and not an option in life. And we will continue to take a stand against it on TV, in magazines, on the Internet and in our local newspaper!

Jill Hartwell


To the editor:

In response to Nik Dirga’s column “Two brides, one wedding,” I can appreciate your view on gay and lesbian relationships concluding that love is all we need. I, too, used to share a similar view that basically said “Hey, I don’t care what you do just so long as it doesn’t affect me.” Those views though have since changed. I’ve come to realize that there needs to be a line drawn somewhere. Why? Because where there are no clear-cut boundaries anything goes, and that affects all of us.

We have been told time and again through the media and now our local newspaper that the gay and lesbian lifestyle is a good and healthy alternative just so long as there is love and for us non-conformists to just get over it and accept it.

Well, I have to reason, should I accept bestiality or a pedophile’s sexual preference? I hope you would say now wait a minute, that’s going too far, but some do have that sexual preference, or should I say perversion. Now I’ll probably be labeled as being beastiphopic or pedophobic because I’ve spoken against those who are into such behavior. My point is, how twisted we quickly become without any moral guidelines and a different standard and appetite brewing in each one of us.

Two straight guys beat and kill a homosexual and it’s all over the news for weeks, classified as a “hate crime” and the guys that committed it as being homophobic. I agree that tragedy should have never happened, but neither should have the 1997 death of Jeffery Curley, a 10-year-old boy who was found on a urine-soaked, feces-covered mattress bound and gagged with his own underwear after having been repeatedly raped by two homosexual men over a several day period which received no news coverage at all.

Why is that? Because you the media are trying to sell society on acceptance of the gay and lesbian lifestyle. You might try excusing it off by saying that’s a rare case, but those two homosexual men, Charles Jaynes, 25, and Salvatore Sicari, 24, who were convicted of killing young Jeffery, had in their possession some material from a group called “NAMBLA.” NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) is a group which advocates sex between men and boys, who our beloved ACLU is now representing because it is “a fundamental First Amendment case.” This same group (NAMBLA) is also aggressively working at getting the laws changed that uphold that sex with a minor is illegal. Why is that? Because pederasty is the next thing to be in all of our faces if we continue to reject the moral guidelines that have been so lovingly given to us by our Creator. Do you have children?

Les C. Meskimen


To the editor:

Your recent article written by Mr. Dirga was not something that should have been published in our local paper. He has the right to go to any wedding he likes, but not to return and write an article on how beautiful it was and to condemn Christians for not backing gay marriages. The voters of this state passed Prop. 22 by a 2 to 1 margin. I am sorry but I believe that gays can either go back to the closet or quit trying to get married just so they get the benefits of being married. The only vows of marriage that we recognize in this state are between a man and woman. I would appreciate your views to be on issues and real news stories not the views of Mr. Dirga.

Steve McCann


Airport candidate has the facts wrong

To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, Parvin Darabi, a candidate for the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Board, was critical of Lowell Northrop’s comments regarding knowledgeable candidates. In light of Darabi’s letter, it is apparent that Lowell’s comments bear great credence.

Contrary to Darabi’s comments, I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on the economics of aircraft ownership and operation at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. With regards to “Landing Fees,” there is not an airport anywhere that I can think of that charges landing fees for General Aviation Aircraft. In fact, Reno-Tahoe International, San Jose International, Oakland International, and Sacramento International, like most all other airports throughout the country, do not impose “Landing Fees” on General Aviation Aircraft.

Again, contrary to Darabi’s comments, Truckee-Tahoe Airport does charge overnight parking and tiedown fees at the rate of $400 per night. With regards to paying our “fair share,” Darabi may not realize that each and every aircraft based at Truckee-Tahoe Airport is subject to an annual personal property tax assessment based on a percentage of value. These taxes are paid directly to Nevada County or Placer County, depending on where the aircraft is hangared or tied down. The Airport District also generates income from the sale of fuel. Every time a plane fills up at a current price of $2.35 per gallon, the airport district is selling the fuel, and accordingly, turning a profit. As an aircraft owner, I surely don’t see the subsidy.

In light of these facts, it appears as though Lowell Northrop is correct: Vote for knowledgeable candidates.

Michael Golden


Adopting pets can help make a difference

To the editor:

Benson was an abandoned dog of one-and-a-half years of age; energetic, precocious and seemingly out of control.

Richard and I were new to the foster program and we undertook one of the “more difficult” dogs as we heard he was going to be hard to place. We live on five acres and have kennels for our working dogs so we had the opportunity to make a change in this dog’s life – which was the ability to keep him from dying. Through the time he stayed with us it was obvious that he was extremely intelligent. This is not something a person can discern at first glance of a foster or adoptive dog. Please give these dogs a chance – they can be “silk purses” out of “sow’s ears.”

We loved and challenged Benson daily with chores of being a “politically correct” adoptive dog. I spent many Saturdays and Sundays at Safeway trying to find the “right” family for this very special dog, as he had become to us. We actually decided that we would not let him go and he became a faithful companion to us with walks around the block and frolicking in the pasture, playing with our resident dogs.

After days of begging someone to take this dog, we invited a friend to our house. She is a single mother raising two boys. One of the sons was a victim of abuse. The child is in counseling and afraid to go to sleep at night. I was concerned about Benson because he was very protective of our family and didn’t know if he would fit into his new family. They were invited to visit us for an evening and let the two boys play with the dog. Again, Benson’s intelligence was a key issue. They romped and played. We decided to let him go home with them for a trial weekend.

Benson walked into the house and slept in bed with both boys. They play with him every day. When the family is gone and returns home, Benson goes into the house and checks out every room to see that no person is there to hurt the family. He comes back and wags his tail to tell this child that no one is there to hurt him. This child was sleepwalking last night and when he headed for the back door, Benson started barking to alert the family that there may be peril in the house.

What a hero Benson is and what a great family for taking him home.

What a success story! Let’s help children and pets!

Jackie Wells Foster

Truckee Humane Society

Snowmobile restriction idea protested

To the editor:

This comment letter is presented by Tahoe SAMS (Sierra Nevada Access Multiple Use Stewardship), an organization with members in both California and Nevada, and representing interests that are both urban and rural.

Attached are petitions with 846 signatures supporting these comments on the subject draft.

We are especially concerned about the possible snowmobile bans, particularly in the Mount Rose area. Some of the stories in the newspapers by proponents of a ban cite dangers to non-motorized recreationists, even implying that snowmobile riders purposely threaten others.

I would like to respond to these allegations with the facts:

1. A survey of all public agencies (i.e.; fire, police, medical) in the Reno and North Tahoe areas confirms that there has not been a single report of injury to a non-motorized recreationist by a snowmobile. Nor, even a confirmed threat to a non-motorized recreationist.

2. There has been a connection between snowmobilers and non-motorized recreationists. It has occurred when non-motorized recreationists have been injured in the back country and have been given a ride out to the highway on a private snowmobile. This has occurred many times over the past thirty years. So, far from being a threat to others, snowmobilers are the first line rescue for other recreationists.

3. As for noise – current manufacture snowmobiles are no louder than most cars and trucks; and not as loud as many other two cycle engines.

4. As for pollution – current manufacture snowmobiles emit less pollution than trucks and many other two cycle engines.

In sum, it would be a travesty of public policy to be guided by the fanciful propaganda of a few misguided individuals who would like to exclude the majority from public lands.

Wade Freedle

President, Tahoe SAMS

Soda Springs

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