One of the best things about my father no longer being President is that I can read articles such as the Oct. 19 My Turn column, “America had enough of Jimmy Carter, now if he would just go away,” with amusement that the columnist has such high regard for his opinion. Prentiss Davis has a bleak memory of unemployment, gas lines, runaway inflation, sky-high interest rates and opines that Carter “created a gasoline shortage where none existed.” Actually, the Carter administration has the highest record for job creation, and possibly Mr. Davis remembers the gas lines under President Nixon, whose solution was the misguided implementation of wage and price controls which led to rampant inflation later. Remember President Ford’s “Whip Inflation Now” campaign? These problems hardly started with the Cater administration. Finalizing the opening of relations with China, the Panama Canal Treaty, the Camp David accords, and, yes, even the Iran crisis where all of the hostages were saved don’t seem “amateurish” at all really, although I don’t doubt Mr. Davis opposed most of these initiatives. As for the silly remarks about Honda and Toyota being paid by Exxon Mobile to build gas guzzlers and the “magic wand” used to produce fuel-efficient cars, perhaps Mr. Davis should join us here in the reality-based community and check out the fuel economy statistics. A few minutes of fact-checking will show, to the writer’s utter astonishment, that Honda and Toyota are right up at the top, far surpassing U.S.-built cars in almost every category and are apparently not defying the laws of physics at all. However, I’ll tell dad that he should give back his Nobel Peace Prize, stop monitoring elections, quit immunizing 20 million people a year and to end his agricultural programs in 27 African countries. If he asks why I’ll tell him it’s because you want him to Mr. Davis. Jeff CarterPeachtree City, GeorgiaHelp our sister city Within the last month, locals in Truckee may have read that the Town of Truckee has adopted the small town of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, for the purpose of providing monetary assistance for re-establishing their once beautiful town. Their average income – $14,539. Can you imagine? The town’s economy is based primarily on shrimping and boat construction. With Hurricane Katrina damaging the sea bed, destroying homes, businesses, churches and boats, along with contaminating the water, this town of 2,500 residents needs our help.If you were hoping to somehow get involved in a personal way, WE NEED YOU. We are desperately seeking our local humanitarians to form a committee, who will donate time to organizing fundraisers of any kind. We have made a two-year commitment to our sister city, Bayou La Batre.There is so much that we can give in time, money and commitment. If we fail in this endeavor, we will have much to regret as a community of caring people. Please call Margie Meyer or Jane Loomis at 530-582-2640.Margie Meyer TruckeeHow about bike racks?The big topic around town lately is undeniably the inconvenience of paying for parking in Old Truckee. I have tried to keep current with this topic, but was wondering if the revenue generated from this policy change has been earmarked for any specific capital improvements. If I may make a suggestion for one improvement I believe it may remedy some other transportation woes and possibly open more parking.Currently there are only two bicycle racks in Old Truckee, (three if you count the Post Office fence) and neither are in very good shape. As a citizen who completes 80 percent to 90 percent of my errands in town on bicycle (weather permitting) the availability of safe parking for bicycles is far less than those folks running errands in their vehicles.Getting people to change their normal behaviors is a difficult process. Paying for parking is one example and changing your type of transportation is another. I understand that putting down the car keys and grabbing your bicycle helmet will not be the first response many of us will have, but if we can make the bicycle parking more attractive it may change some attitudes.Thank you for this forum to express my concerns. It’s another gorgeous day in our fair town, so I’m going for a bike ride.Thad DavisTruckee Only 101 new homesEach month I, once I finish the new issue of The LowDown, a free monthly publication in Tahoe, I must distribute it around the Tahoe area. The other day, once I finished my five-minute distribution route of Commercial Row in Truckee, I returned to find a yellow piece of paper tucked behind my windshield wiper. I turned to the police officer and asked him why I got a ticket. “It’s not a ticket, it’s a warning,” he said. Once I read the little flyer I was shocked to find it’s a dollar per hour to park on Commercial Row. For me, it’s a dollar for five minutes or a fine. Maybe the money will be used to help pay for the roundabout that are sure to confuse tourists and create far more problems than anything else.Now I wish I could claim I’ve lived here for a long time, but I’ve only been here for four years. But four years is long enough to realize Truckee will soon gain the honor of becoming the next Vail. My quite backyard has turned into a construction site with the new Gray’s Crossing construction, which is “only 101 new homes.” Maybe someone should help out the developers with the definition of only, because 101 seem like a lot to me. Everywhere I turn there are more and more houses being built. And how many golf courses is enough?Years from now when I look back on my time in Tahoe, I’ll just be sad I never lived here when it was affordable. Daniel Savickas Truckee
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