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Opinion: What is the fate of Squaw Valley if we embrace village project?

It was depressing to read Mr. Chamblin’s comments in his Oct. 27 opinion column, “Keeping Squaw ‘true’ may doom Squaw to failure.” Stating that “Change is inevitable” is wrong and damaging to our community.

Here’s why, let’s pretend that this is true and look at a bigger picture. What’s next? What is the inevitable fate of Squaw Valley after we “embrace” this project? Will we have to “shape” the fragile meadow just downstream in order to accommodate an even large theme park?

This mentality that we cannot control what is happening to our environment, to our climate, needs to stop! There are “certain” things changing that are inevitable. Scientists report that even if we completely stop burning fossil fuels today, global warming will continue for years before it would begin to stabilize.

This “innovation” that Mr. Chamblin thinks will “ensure survivability” is a hoax. Our environment and our climate cannot sustain this ongoing transformation at its current rate. It will ultimately be the ruin of our quality of life and the quality of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

It is saddening that some believe that this minor “distress” is worth it. I understand Mr. Chamblin’s concerns for Squaw Valley and their investors. They are trying to run a successful business — but at what expense?

If this is what they need to do in order to make enough money to keep their investors happy, then they can leave. You really think Squaw can “fail”? Have you met other people who live up here? Communities have come together to purchase ski areas after their managers closed the doors. We would never let Squaw fail.

If Mr. Chamblin loves this mountain as much as he claims, he would be skiing it with or without a chairlift. Don’t believe the hype — take control of your future.

This change is not inevitable — it is being forced.

Sam Skrocke

Kings Beach

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