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I have lived in Truckee for 25 years and thoroughly enjoy our natural setting. My husband and I are avid mountain bike riders and enjoy the adventure of a single-track ride on the Emigrant Trail. Although my husband rides road as well, I am hesitant, not trusting traffic and the sometimes unfriendly driver.

How nice it would be to have a paved trail for travel into town instead of the traffic filled highway or a dirt road. If we want to encourage people to utilize alternative transportation such as biking for their commute to work, to shop, or for just a pleasure jaunt to town for a cup of tea with a friend, then a paved trail is the answer. I know I wouldn’t use the trail for any of the above if I were going to arrive all dusty and dirty, nor would I use the traffic filled highway. But a gentle ride on a paved road, enjoying the scenery, would be a wonderful way to commute.-

The paved trail from Squaw to Tahoe City is often dotted with families towing children of various ages, enjoying a wonderful time together in our lovely spot on the mountain. Dirt would hinder many families such as these from using the new trail. And let’s consider our physically challenged users.- Certainly pavement would make the trail more accessible to the majority of this sector of users as well. There are plenty of dirt roads and single-track trails in this town for those of us that need a challenge. Let us make a trail that welcomes all our citizenry and visitors alike. Bring on the pavement!

-Helen Davis

Truckee

Kudos to Nancy Latimer for making clear what the Sierra Sun article on the Foster-Syme (Royal Gorge) development did not.

The silence at the first meeting was (I’m told, since I attended the third meeting) the sound of shock. Total unadulterated shock. I spoke with dozens of folks who attended that first meeting and they almost uniformly said words to the effect of “I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing and seeing. I was stunned.”

Perhaps the Sierra Sun could have followed up and attended the third meeting as I did. That meeting can only be described as raucous. Many, many people who had the chance to review the project online came and spoke out against the project, all or in part. A number of people have said “Oh it’s not as bad as I expected”, but it is ” it’s worse. The project as planned will more than double the housing in the Serene Lakes area ” and the 950 planned “homes” do not include hotel beds or employee housing. “Just” second homes, condos and time shares. Exactly what the Summit doesn’t need, more seasonal homes with low-paying, seasonal jobs attached to them.

Shame on Foster-Syme for presenting this so called “Conservation Community” as some sort of boon to our local community. It is only a boon to the developers of the project and to those few Realtors in the area who value money over quality of life.

Jennifer Montgomery

Soda Springs

The March 19 “My Turn” guest column may set the arena record straight, but the writer does not shed light on blatant animal cruelty issues in both charreada and rodeo events. We are being forced to condone horrific suffering and violence as it’s inflicted on helpless, normally docile animals, just so somebody needing an ego boost can dominate something ” anything.

In the case of rodeo, first the calf is agitated to run; then his neck is snapped at the end of a rope. As he stumbles to get up, he is picked up and slammed to the ground. Other fun events for the animals include spurs, flank straps cinched as tight as possible, electronic prods, wires, nails, tail raking, and other legal or illegal methods to agitate the animal to a state of frightened frenzy (more points).

The charreada’s claim to being a cultural event does not carry any innate right or license to abuse, exploit, torture, and injure (or bring death to) other animals ” other sentient beings. Yet, because there’s money to be made, the promoters hide behind a false claim of the cultural community having its own event. We’re in the 21st century; the barbaric times have changed.

Animal cruelty is illegal; it cannot be allowed. We do not need to be terrorizing and abusing animals as a prelude to perpetrating violence on other human beings. Someday, the entire culture and community will connect the dots and see how abusing and exploiting animals creates unthinking and unfeeling mindsets for children. Rodeos and charreadas need to be classified where they belong ” with dog and cock fighting. Truckee should be ashamed of itself for falling for the ruse, or for its collective apathy to the suffering.

Katie Cather

Loomis


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