Truckee Cleanup Day is over. The town looks beautiful and a good time was had by all. The organizers did a great job and the volunteers were wonderful. One very special volunteer was Charlie Brown who will be a Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District in 2008. Charlie showed up at the Blue Sky Construction check in station before 8 a.m. ready to go to work for Truckee. He worked tirelessly on Commercial Row and then went out to one of the dirtiest and most neglected roads in town (Glenshire Drive).Regardless of one’s party affiliation, I am convinced this man cares about us and I am impressed with his values and his commitment to our country. I know the election is a long way away but I urge folks to get to know Charlie Brown and what he stands for. Somebody who doesn’t live in Truckee and who would give their time to help us clean our streets and get their hands dirty is the kind of person I want to represent me in Congress.Lynne R. LarsonTruckee
There seems to be some misunderstanding in the Kings Beach community over the meaning of the word consensus. According to my 2003 edition of Websters New World Dictionary, it means, 1. n. An opinion shared by all or most 2. General agreement esp. in opinion. When a well-funded, development-backed group puts on an orchestrated show for a small, skewed segment of a population and uses an adolescent game to gain a pre-determined result, then announces that they have achieved consensus, I would argue that the criteria are unsatisfied. If you are one of those who cares about the future of our s***ty little town, as one man so delicately put it, and feels that their opinion has not been heard, I urge you to write to the TRPA at: 128 Market Street, PO Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449, or e-mail them at: email@example.com, before the June 18 deadline and let them know. C.R. PyleKings Beach
Apparently clarification is needed regarding my guest column (Finding the true feelings of Kings Beach Sierra Sun June 1) regarding the Kings Beach Core project. I realize its important information that has been part of the dis-information the Sierra Business Council has been feeding the public. The business community consensus that SBC refers to doesnt include most of the shop owners on Highway 28 as the SBC would like you to believe. In fact about 90 percent of those businesses are against the project that would give them no convenient streetside parking, roundabouts, gridlock, two lanes and massive 17-foot sidewalks for a number of very important reasons. One of which I mentioned in my column: We believe that the business owners along the highway should not have to pay the major portion of assessments for improvements, upkeep and liability, but that these fees should be shared equally among the community. Most of the shop owners on the highway dont want this project in the above design configuration, but theyre being asked to foot the bill for maintenance, snow removal and personal liability as well as putting up with food carts, street vendors and kiosks in front of their businesses during their busy season when they have the opportunity to make money. I realized after I had to explain to several people who asked why they should pay the cost for the upgrades to the highway businesses that this information was not yet available to the public. Here it is, ask the shop owners on the highway which alternative they endorse and most of them will say a modification of alternative 3. Community members, neighbors and friends, dont blame Kings Beach businesses, especially the highway shop owners, for this current problem, instead join us to make sure that any remodeling of the highway and redevelopment of the town fits in with what we know makes sense for the community, the highway traffic, the tourists and the locals. Do some easy research and see who is really behind this battle for Kings Beach.If you have questions there will be meetings of this group on Thursdays at the Kings Beach Fire Department at 6:30 p.m.; all are welcome to attend. Meera BeserTahoe City
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