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The teachers I spoke with today don’t believe the Sierra Sun is being fair to teachers. The paper makes it sound that the district is giving us what we asked for ” all we have to give them is an extra 15 minutes a day. That would actually cut the raise from 7.5 percent to less than 3 percent. For many years we took little to nothing with the promise-our administrators-would make teachers a priority when the district has more money. If you added in all the extra hours teachers already work, the average California teacher works 50 out of 52 weeks a year ” a statistical fact. By asking us to work even longer, we are hearing: “You don’t work hard enough. You don’t work long enough.” This is degrading and downright insulting to all of us. If they-expect us to put more hours-on the school clock, they should pay us for it.

Our union was duped into asking for only 7.5 percent because the actuals were deliberately withheld from our negotiators, who bargained in good faith. The district office did not bargain in good faith. Our teachers make the bottom of the barrel compared to like districts in the state, while our superintendent gets a 72 percent raise. Ours would be one of the very few in the-state not giving teachers the cost of living raise the state has already given to them. Please be clear that the district is not giving us what we requested. This will not impact taxpayers either, for the district has the money. They can afford to give a 15 percent raise but do not value the service, heart and soul, we give to the children of this district.

Tricia Padden

Teacher, Tahoe Truckee High School

Can we please consider giving our teachers a contract that appreciates their value? As a business owner I understand controlling costs are important, but I also understand that the people make the difference. Let’s make the teachers our priority. Everything else is secondary. I’m willing to kick in a few more bucks if needed, but let’s don’t leave our best assets hanging.

Mark Stearns

Truckee

Recently, while vacationing in Tahoe, my wife, another couple and I made our annual pilgrimage to Truckee. This was, I believe, our seventh annual visit to shop, lunch and browse in your friendly and attractive community; we have enjoyed all previous visits immensely.

This time, however, a parking ticket reportedly issued for parking in a street pay-for-parking space ended our trip on a decidedly sour note. The space in question was not properly marked as requiring a parking fee, nor was the adjacent space in which another visitor was also issued a citation. We would have been happy to pay the parking fee had we had any way of knowing that it was required.

At best, this situation represents an inept attempt to charge an appropriate fee for parking on Truckee’s streets. At worst, the absence of clear instructions may represent a blatant attempt by town officials to augment town coffers through dishonest entrapment of town guests by failing to make clear that street parking requires payment. Hopefully, this situation can be remedied before further damage is done to Truckee’s commerce. However, the four of us will no longer be returning to Truckee.

James D. Madison

Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Nothing is so contrary to the core interests of Truckee as the Truckee Donner Utility District’s proposal to both skirt the impending state law banning out-of-state contracts for polluting power generation and invest in a coal-fired plant. It’s so backwards its comical, almost unbelievable. Backers of this proposal clearly don’t know what side of the bread the local economy is buttered on.

One word: snow. And here’s a few other words to consider: rising snow levels, more rain, acid rain, warming lake temperatures, shorter winters with no spring corn snow and plenty of unskiable slush, fish die-offs, extinction of alpine species and no tourists.

There’s no place so vulnerable and likely to be devastated by climate change as the alpine mountain environment. You’d think people living there and dependent on it for their livelihoods could see the big picture and make wiser decisions. In January 2020 when the chairlifts are swinging empty in the rain over slopes of muddy grass at 7,000′, maybe it’ll finally hit home.

Joshua Switzky

San Francisco

Although the controversy surrounding the prospective Truckee Donner PUD contract for coal-fired generation of electricity may seem a local one, it is actually of concern to a much wider population. One of your board members, Tim Taylor, asks: “What am I supposed to say to people on a fixed income when we have to raise rates?”

It’s an excellent question. The answer, perhaps, is to paraphrase a former President who, despite opposition of military leaders, proposed a nuclear test ban treaty: “We all inhabit this small planet, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.”

Please remember this. We all share the earth and must protect it from our own excesses. That is the most serious of all responsibilities.

Rick Raznikov

Fairfax, Calif.


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