Our View: The good and not-so good of ’05
The last year was filled with a variety of news in our community. Most of it was good, some was mixed and some of it bad.The Truckee High School football team won its second state championship in a row. The boys soccer team won the big one as well. Through the unwavering effort of the folks at Sierra High School, The Town of Truckee passed a resolution to adopt the town of Bayou Le Batre, Ala. The tiny Gulf Coast community was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. No matter how much money is raised for the folks of that town, it is stunning to see what a few people can do to make a difference half way across the country.It is equally as heartening to see what we do for our own community. The folks who annually go out of their way to make Christmas in the Truckee area a truly Community Christmas are amazing. And so are the people who donated items, money and time to help their neighbors who may have needed a little assistance.The continued housing boom helped out countless people whose livelihoods are tied to real estate, the skilled trades and those who may have sold a home or lot. It wasn’t such a good thing for anyone with an average income trying to buy into this community, however.But to counter that problem, 2005 also saw the approval of several more “affordable housing” developments, like Spring Creek, that will help keep Truckee from becoming an even more unattainable place to live for the average person.We also saw the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District agree to a contract with teachers. Granted, the process wasn’t easy on anybody, but at the end of the day both parties walked away with at least part of what they wanted and students didn’t have to miss any instruction days due to a strike.As far as the “mixed” news, well, by the volume of letters we received, the best candidates are the new dual roundabouts and paid parking in downtown Truckee. We’ll let the readers rank ’em!Then we had our share of bad – even tragic – news. The death of little Mario A. Zarate when he was hit by a pickup while he was riding his Big Wheel tricycle in Donner Creek Mobile Home Park. We hope that out of the tragedy the community can come together and make sure that every child in our community has a safe place to play.The mystery of how Cynthia D. Erler ended up dead in a duffel bag in Tahoe Donner is unsolved, making that an open-ended bad story. There are countless more stories that occurred over the past year that we haven’t mentioned. And despite the bad news, we have to look to the future; look at our beautiful surroundings and acknowledge that we live in a special place within a special community.And then we must realize that like early 2005 was blessed with an abundance of snow, making life in the mountains just that much sweeter, the latter part of the year has been pretty much a wash – literally. Life, it seems, is always a mixture of the good and not-so good. May 2006 be more of the good than not.
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