I was driving down West River Road this past weekend and I happened to look over at the Humane Society storage facility. What a mess out front. There were several beat-up old sofas, chairs and other stuff that appear to have been “dropped off” and donated. The people of our community are some of the most generous people I have ever met in my 60-plus years. However, I spoke to a volunteer from the Humane Society some time back and was told that there are just some things the society cannot use. When people leave stuff outside the building when no one is there to decide if the donation is suitable, the result is obvious. What is not obvious is that the society must dispose of stuff at great cost for hauling and dump fees. The result is that already limited and stressed resources go for disposing of the un-usable items instead of helping animals. Please do not leave your stuff outside the building unless a staff person from the Humane Society is present. If no one is there come back later. Dumping not only takes precious dollars away from the animals but also creates an “eyesore” for those nearby neighbors and the rest of the community who drive West River Street. Lynne R. LarsonTruckeeAirport adds value to areaI read with interest the My Turn column by Paul Vatistas (“Truckee Tahoe Airport Board of Directors has been hijacked,” Sierra Sun July 16). I am one of the 1 percent who have been flying into Truckee for the last 20 years. I own (and have owned) property here (on and off) for over 25 years. I pay taxes in the Tahoe basin and have for those years that I have owned. The convenience of flying makes my visits here more frequent and provides employment to everyone from the cab drivers to the clerk at Safeway. The writer of the column apparently wants the advantages of a tourist-based economy without the noise or infrastructure. From the next-day Fedex service to the robust real estate market – all of these benefits accrue to Tahoe residents from Interstate 80 and the airport and the value-added that it brings to this great area. Truckee airport has an aggressive program for noise management that is as powerful as any that I have seen. Will it make the noise go away? No, but as a roofer once said to me when I commented on the bad smell coming from his tar pot, “Sir, to me that is the smell of money.”Mike AbelTruckee
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