The defense of a proposed fiber-to-every-doorstep Truckee Donner Public Utility District solution for Truckee (“Why WiMax misses the connection in Truckee” Sept. 8 Sierra Sun) demonstrates a low degree of understanding of wireless technologies, rural broadband infrastructure deployment models, and the specific IEEE 802.16-2004 technology discussed in the rebuttal, in particular. The fact that the writer, a PUD employee, relies on a marketing article from Intel alone to assess the performance characteristics and application model feasibility of a contemplated WiMax deployment model should give your readers little comfort. Nearly all of the writer’s capital, operating, and performance assumptions for wireless networks are seriously flawed.However, he is entirely correct when he finds that wireless should never be expected to provide 500 megabits per second to each and every doorstep. A rural WiMax based wireless solution in Truckee is far more likely to provide only a few megabits per second, per household. Of course, that wireless service would be at a small fraction of the capital and operating cost of any contemplated fiber solution. There is a very good economic reason rural and urban communities, many very similar to Truckee, have not elected to spend taxpayer money on expensive, excessive fiber-to-every-doorstep. The cost of $1,800 per Truckee resident seems a high a price for prestige alone. Phillip BarberFrisco, TexasProblem is society, not lawyersIn a recent “My Turn” guest column, (“Hate those costly lift tickets? Thank the trial lawyers” Sierra Sun Sept. 15), the writer wrote about whole lines of businesses that close for no other reason than an inability to secure insurance at a reasonable rate, instancing the horse rental or “trail ride” business around Lake Tahoe.Many of the equine insurers just won’t write policies. Others will, but for amounts that make the ride itself outside of the affordability window for the average American. Why? California and Nevada haven’t enacted what are known as “Equine Activity Statutes,” which limit the financial exposure of a horseman, by giving fair warning that riding horses has dangers.The writer wanted to blame high ski lift prices and the disappearance of unsupervised trail rides on the unholy alliance of trial lawyers and Democrats, but it is more fair to land it on the entire societal movement away from the understanding that bad things happen, and you are not always compensated or made right for those things happening.To read about an example, go to http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/dawson/cases/mounted/ferguson.htm.The short version is that a man coached a girl in Western (riding) events, and told her not to wear a helmet. Then the parents fire this man and a year later, the girl is injured. So they sue the man who has not been the girl’s coach for 12 months.Now, the very act of suing isn’t free. The man (or his insurance company) has to hire lawyers, gather evidence – this is expensive. So yes, the cost of insurance is to blame, but so is the general “it ain’t my fault” climate of America. I don’t know how to change that, but I’m pretty sure that pointing fingers at trial lawyers and Democrats doesn’t move in the right direction.Liz DitzWoodside, Calif.A senior’s view of Social SecurityFirst of all, I would like to thank the service clubs of Truckee and the rest of the community for what they do for the seniors.I also get irritated at the press and TV about how our seniors are depleting the Social Security fund. This is my main gripe. In the last year I have moved to the Truckee Donner Senior Center, only to learn that it is also a home for the handicapped. This is fine, but the young handicapped should not be thrown in with the old people.A few other facts: I am 80 years old – or young, however you want to put it. So I work part-time so I can enjoy my senior years. Ha! What happens? I pay into Social Security at work, which I will not get any benefit from. I pay into Medicare at work. It is also taken out of my Social Security check without any more benefits. And because I work, my rent went up $50 on the first of August. So you can understand why the government is in my back pocket.To be sure, the Social Security system has to be dealt with. If the graft and illegals can get social service moneys, where does it end? Also, the government should not be able to borrow and never pay it back; they have done this for years.Also, I was born in 1924, which is one of the “notch years” with Social Security. And even though I put in the maximum on the 11 years they go back when you apply for Social Security, I draw 10 percent less than those not born in the notch years. Fair baloney!I hope this gives you some insight on what some of us seniors are up against.Philip MartinTruckeeRethink GreenI live in Nevada City. I am a reader of the Sierra Sun, a faithful shopper at your factory stores and historical downtown. Truckee is a place our family visits often.I also follow the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, which brings me to the point. I noticed in the paper that Barbara Green is running for the Truckee Town Council. I have also read several letters that have noted that as a member of the board of supervisors she has protected the interests of Truckee.I would urge the residents of the Truckee community to take a hard look at Ms. Green’s record as supervisor. A few questions you might ask:• Did she fight for Truckee over lawsuits with the county? No.• Did she help lobby the state elected officials in dealing with the Truckee River Operating Agreement or your Millsite? No.• Where has she been when Truckee has had to fight Placer County over the Martis Valley?As a resident of Nevada County I know we need more affordable housing. The board of supervisors has been trying for eight months to complete the county’s housing element to the county’s General Plan. This allows the county a big avenue to receive affordable housing. At the last board meeting and a number of meetings before, Green has rejected the ability of the county and our communities to have that avenue to attain more affordable housing. In the process, she is blocking hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants. I guess I wonder why she is not interested in fighting for this?I hope the Truckee residents will take a look at the record. I care about all the communities in our county because they are what make our county special.Have you noticed, as I have, that Green has been in your paper more since she decided to run for your council than in the past three and a half years as your supervisor?Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts and submit this letter.Carole McCallumNevada City
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