I was encouraged by last Wednesday’s article on the accomplishments of North Tahoe High School students (“In a class of their own” Sierra Sun June 14). People like to complain in our community about the schools, but it is nice to be reminded that there are a lot of smart kids out there doing very well. Many of our children are getting good grades and doing well on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. They are being accepted at a wide variety of colleges and universities, including some of the best in the country.
They are well-rounded kids who study dance and music, they hike and mountain bike and understand and love the outdoors. They downhill and cross-country ski and don’t spend their days hanging out in malls and shopping like most of the rest of America (well, at least not every day).
All last summer I played ultimate Frisbee several times a week with a group of current and former North Tahoe High School students. The kids were always fun and gracious and treated each other like family, they even treated this old man well (“You’re pretty fast for an old guy”).
If our kids dedicate themselves, have a positive attitude and have good role models they can accomplish a lot in our school system. Next year we will have a new North Tahoe High School and I for one will be happy to have both of my daughters attending.
Let’s pat this latest crop of graduates on the back and remind ourselves that we are lucky to be raising our kids in Lake Tahoe.
What gives with Tony “Roundabout” Lashbrook, Truckee town manager? On local public TV he states that he dislikes traffic signals and wants to slow down traffic on Brockway Road and the only answer is a roundabout. So the Truckee Town Council, without a blink and only a wink, OKs a million dollars plus for a roundabout for Tony.
Do I need to remind the town that during public hearings for the low-income housing planned to be built on Martis Valley Road the people spoke of concerns for the traffic on then Highway 267 at Martis Valley Road and the danger of that intersection. The town pushed aside all concerns saying that the soon-to-be-built bypass would take care of all concerns and a controlled intersection was not necessary.
Now, 10-plus years later and for a whole lot more money, a controlled intersection is necessary. Tony’s fetish for roundabouts should not be the answer for Brockway Road. A lower posted speed limit that is enforced and a couple of stop signs will slow down and control traffic for a whole lot less money.
This town’s willingness to spend money like a drunk sailor needs to be cut off. If Tony has dreams of a town filled with roundabouts with no traffic signals, he should move to Aspen, not bring Aspen here.
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