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Years ago, when I was new to town, without enough experience and from a city, Don McCormack stepped forward and said to me I can help. And that is just what he did. And that was everything. Lisa Wallace Truckee

It started as a wish to bring some badly needed clothing and supplies to victims of the Angora Fire last Monday. And it became a huge outpouring of care and compassion by the Truckee/North Tahoe community. Within 36 hours, thanks to many of you, we were able to deliver five large truck loads of supplies and clothing to several disaster assistance centers on Wednesday. My appreciation to everyone who helped us make this happen. Special thanks goes out to the many volunteers who packed and sorted along with Truckee Tahoe Lumber (Breeze and Steve); Truckee Tahoe Unified School DIstrict (Nanette Rondeau, Dennis Williams and team); Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and Allan Marshall for driving supplies to the South Shore. And many thanks to Wells Fargo, the Town of Truckee, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker-Glenshire and the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors who allowed us to use their space for donations.All the more reasons for why Truckee/North Tahoe is one of the best places on the planet to call home. Leisa Peterson Truckee

In consideration of the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe and the current fire risk in the Lake Tahoe region, Squaw Valley has cancelled their July 3rd fireworks display. As Squaw Valleys firework venue is over-dry and precious land, the Valley stakeholders felt it was in the best interest of the local community to cancel the fireworks for precautionary reasons and also to support our fellow community members on the South Shore. The Squaw Valley Business Association, who funds the annual 3rd of July fireworks display, has decided to donate the $5,000 that would have been spent on the fireworks, to the Angora Fire victim relief efforts. In place of the fireworks display, there will be a spectacular laser light show. After the High Sierra Beard & Mustache Championships at 9:30 p.m. on July 3, Squaw Valleys lower mountain peaks will be illuminated with dazzling laser light beams. The laser light show will last 15-30 minutes and can be viewed from the Village and base area. Enjoy an alternative, safe and green 3rd of July celebration.Caroline RossExecutive DirectorSquaw Village Neighbourhood Company

Two items in your June 29 Opinion section provide an interesting preview of what will certainly be a, um, spirited discussion about fire protection issues in our community.First, a well-reasoned, objective, and straightforward discussion of wildland fire prevention issues by Truckee Fire Chief Bryce Keller. It is my sincere hope that all property owners in the Truckee-Tahoe area will heed the advice of Chief Keller by assessing their own defensible space and taking advantage of the services offered by the local fire protection agencies.Next, a predictably hyperbolic, accusatory, and petulant Letter to the Editor from a local resident who will use any event as an excuse to forward his own personal agenda and throw ad hominem attacks at anyone who disagrees with him.We should be able to show respect even for those with whom we disagree. We should be able to treat disagreement with good will and good faith. This is the mark of a good citizen. Vitriol and accusations will accomplish nothing. Insults and intentional divisiveness will accomplish nothing. Please, let us work together as a community to find the proper balance between protecting our homes and businesses, and protecting the environment that we all love so dearly.Lore’ McLaren Truckee

I have a challenge for all my friends and neighbors in the Kings Beach area who use the Highway 28 corridor. We all know that we all go too fast through Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach. One of our major concerns is the speed of the traffic and pedestrian safety, so I challenge you to GO THE SPEED LIMIT no matter how late you are or what the traffic around you is doing make the speed limit your limit. You might be surprised at how much this little change will affect the current traffic problems. It will also make you more aware of what is going on around you including the pedestrians and bicycles. I made this change about a month ago just to try it out. It has been very enlightening. Meera BeserTahoe Vista