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Districts should not be consolidated

To the editor:

The incorporation of Truckee’s special districts is a ghost that has been asleep for some time now.

But it is no surprise that this elusive vapor is showing itself again because there are those politicians and power seekers who wish to suck the money out of the special districts and use it for special interest projects.

The special districts of Truckee have for decades provided service to our community for the most part without a hitch.

The Boards, Management and employees have given us professional, mature and reasonable service and there must be a good reason to disband them and bring them into the financial coffers of the Town. If those who want to incorporate the special districts are serious, then all the special districts in Truckee should be incorporated, not a selected handful.

Deals were made during incorporation with the Airport District not to include them, or they would raise such a stink it would throw a wrench into the incorporation efforts.

Hand-picking special districts will show a definite prejudice on those selecting the districts revolving around how much money each district has, what their sphere of influence is, and how easy it would be to take them over.

There are special districts that are bi-county districts that serve the entire Truckee-Tahoe region. Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee-Tahoe Sanitation Agency and the like. How then can Truckee take these districts and put the control of them into the hands of just truckee politicians without representation from the surrounding areas the districts serve.

They can’t, unless they appoint representatives from these areas, and then we in effect have the same political set up we have now with the special districts. If they are going to do this, they should at least be honest about it and come forward and just say they want the money.

This is about the money, always has been about the money and always will be. It is always about the money, just like incorporation was and is. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Dan Cooley, Truckee

New middle school should fit environs

To the editor:

I read the article on the new “Middle School.” I think it is long overdue and probably will be to small by the time it’s finished.

I live in the area of this school and I have no problem with it being built on the proposed site. I do have a concern with the access off Alder Drive, and the north direction crossover on Highway 89. I believe that they should at least widen Alder, allowing turning lanes to the school. Also, the intersection of 89 North and Alder have already seen at least three accidents which ended in death. This is in the last 10-12 years. I’m not sure what can be done at that intersection, short of putting in a stoplight. That type of inconvenience is nothing compared to another death or a school bus accident. If you agree with me write the Town of Truckee, the California Department of Transportation, and Mr. Britto of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District. You might just want to sign your name to this letter and mail it to show your concern.

The next concern I have is the environment issue-environment meaning not animals or bugs misplaced, but the appearance.

I hope that the TTUSD and the recreation department can come up with a design that will blend with the unique mountain area of Truckee.

I hope they don’t just flatten the area out, throw in some large parking lots, drop in a school that was designed by “Cement City” architects, and say “Isn’t that great.” Children (all of us) learn not just from books, but from our environment, let’s give ourselves one. Again, if you agree or disagree with me, make yourself heard, tell someone.

Kathy Hewlett, Truckee

Vendors thanked for Little League support

To the editor:

The Pascual “Tito” Martinez Foundation would like to thank the following vendors for making our Little League Fund-raiser a big success: Blue Ribbon Meat Co., Capital Coors, Rainbow Bread, Lisa’s Organics, Long’s, Rite-Aid, Truckee Rents, Treat Box Bakery and Event Masters. We would also like to thank all of those who purchased food or drinks from our booth as all of the proceeds benefit Little League 100 percent. Thanks again for your continued support.

Board of Directors,

Pascual “Tito” Martinez Foundation, Glenshire Elementary

Earth Day a success

To the editor:

Thanks to all of the vendors who made Earth Day at Glenshire Elementary School a “blooming” success.

The parent volunteers were awesome. Special thanks to Tina Stull, Marilyn Britto, Mike White, Susan Clark, Cindy Bansen, Darlene Rice, Debbie Jones, JoAnne Woods, Cindy Prosor, Nancy Keckley, Deirdre Adams, Jessica DeVores, Esther Walters, Andrea Ray and Katie Zerbel. It wouldn’t have been possible to plant without the prep work of the 5th grade kids and Don Schmidt and Kathy Echols. Thanks also to Karen Mills for her weeding efforts. Huge thanks to the Villager Nursery and the Glenshire PTO for the great flowers. The kids planted perennials all over the school. It will be so beautiful- stop by and see it sometime.

The kids had a great time planting, blowing bubbles, creating chalk murals, and attending a wild animal assembly.

The day finished with an exciting bike parade just as Mother Nature showed up to try and rain on the parade. Overall, the day was a great celebration.

Thanks to the teachers and kids of Glenshire School for their efforts to make the school a beautiful learning environment.

Shelley Harris, Glenshire

Humane Society thanks resort for aid

To the editor:

The Humane Society of Truckee would like to extend our thanks to the Resort at Squaw Creek and Benchmark Hospitality for sponsoring our recent Wine and Food fund-raiser.

This is the second year the Resort has held this event for our benefit and it is one of our largest fundraising events.

The long-term goal of the Humane Society of Truckee is to build an animal shelter for our community.

With the tremendous support we get from the Resort at Squaw Creek, this dream moves closer to reality each year.

Carla S. Brown , Humane Society of Truckee

DARE program is an expensive failure

To the editor:

Protecting children from drug abuse is clearly one of the biggest problems facing our communities today, but why do we keep repeating our failures?

Studies on DARE consistently show it is a failure. So dismal is the DARE record, the U.S. Department of Education refuses to include DARE on its list of programs whose effectiveness is proven.

Not only is DARE a failure, it is an expensive failure.

The real cost of DARE is hidden from the public. DARE costs about $5 a student, which covers each 5th grader’s DARE workbook, T-shirt and ruler.

But police time adds another $20-$50 per student, depending on the department and the number of classes.

Nationally, DARE officers are paid twice as much as teachers, for a job that requires far less education – or risk.

DARE also takes up valuable students’ time, which may even be an even bigger reason to junk DARE. Fifth- and sixth-graders need math, science and reading. While they might need the skills to resist drugs, they don’t need a program shown to have no lasting effect on drug use.

As precious as class time is in a 180-day school year, pulling students out of math to listen to DARE officers hardly makes sense.

Steve Kubby, Olympic Valley

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