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Beloved community members, neighbors, friends,

Please vote yes on Measure “C.” I am a 38-year Truckee resident. Spoke my first word here. Attended elementary, middle and high school. Went away to ski race for money, a “job” this great community facilitated, and returned home to run a small business and raise a family of my own in an area that is second to none.

I have utilized most every aspect of the Tahoe Forest Hospital, from emergency room (more times than I care to remember) to maternity, which was one of the most incredible and wonderful experiences of my life. Measure “C” is not a face lift; it is the last chance to keep our hospital. This is an incredibly important decision to retain the most important service in the community. (Other than coffee of course.)



This is about and for us. Please look for your ballot in the mail and vote “yes” to save our hospital.

There has been a lot of back and forth, pros and cons regarding measure C (taxation for the hospital). What voters should know and remember is that Tahoe Forest Hospital is a for-profit hospital. That means it is a business, just like most other businesses in town. Would you support a tax to help support Safeway or the gas stations or the hardware store, all of which serve an important function in the community? A recent letter indicated that other hospitals in the state have closed because of lack of money to retrofit or expand, Sutter was mentioned as owning one of the hospitals, again a for-profit business that found it more profitable to close then borrow money and be less profitable. Don’t get me wrong, I am in support of the Tahoe Forest Hospital I just don’t think we should be taxed to support a privately owned, for-profit business. Tahoe Forest needs to figure out a better way to be a profitable business.



Having had several successful stays in the hospital, I have great respect for the hospital staff who work hard for our community’s benefit. I also am persuaded that there is a significant need for the facilities improvements to be financed by the Measure C bond issue. It is very reassuring that there is a promise to form a citizens oversight committee to help insure the careful and “within-budget” spending if Measure C is approved.

My experience including past board president of the San Diego Taxpayers Association (a business group studying governments’ spending), numerous other community organizations, and having managed a company, makes me feel comfortable urging you to join me in voting on Measure C.

Truckee is a wonderful place with unusual community spirit. Hopefully, the bond issue will pass and help to make our area even better.

I just had to laugh, reading about the “premature ignition” of the Man at this year’s Burn.

It would appear that the Mother of All Counter-Culture Events has become quite institutionalized, with its own sacred cows and cultural norms, so that when someone does something that is truly counter to the prevailing (counter) culture, they are arrested, jailed, and required to post bail to the tune of $25,000 ” all courtesy of the established culture that the counter culture spends a week in the desert trying to get away from.

I don’t care who ya are, that’s funny!!

About 25 years ago, my husband Tom was in the woods cutting firewood for us for the winter. Thankfully, he was with friends because he accidentally cut into his knee with the chainsaw. The drive into Truckee took 20 minutes, and he went straight to Tahoe Forest Hospital’s emergency room. I nearly fainted when I saw the open wound, but they did a great job of sewing him up ” with a perfect outcome.

A year ago, we moved Tom’s 94-year-old mother to the extended care center at the hospital. I’ve seen a lot of nursing homes lately because my father has been in three Reno facilities this year. The daily care that my mother-in-law receives at the extended care center is far and away superior. It’s very possible Tom and I will be living there some day as well, and the building is in dire need of repair.

Measure C will help us upgrade an aging, long-term care center, expand the emergency room and save the maternity ward, where our precious godchildren were born, as well as pay for required seismic retrofitting. It’s a small amount of taxes to pay for a local hospital that is safe and modern. How can we possibly say no?

As leadership author Meg Wheatley said, “There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about.”

Please vote “Yes on C” and mail your ballots back immediately. Ballots must arrive in the County by Sept. 25.

I appreciate the coverage the Sierra Sun has given to the proposed Royal Gorge development covering Donner Summit. However it seems that the real issues and large impacts from the proposed Foster-Syme major resort project are getting lost.

Neighbors and community groups are very concerned about the impacts of this very large proposed project. Yet, Foster-Syme want to complain that the community doesn’t want to dialogue with them.

First, let’s put the meeting/discussion issue in perspective. Foster-Syme attends every public meeting of the community groups and the local districts and agencies, and has for several years. They invited seven community groups to enter a ‘facilitated discussion’ to, presumably, facilitate acceptance of their proposed project. The groups, representing two neighborhood associations, two watershed groups, a local land-use foundation, a regional land-use organization, and a national environmental group responded with a pledge to keep engaged in dialogue and invited Foster-Syme to participate in a community visioning process for the Summit. Hardly a rejection of continuing dialogue.

It seems that Foster-Syme wants to keep the focus off of their very real challenges of water, resolving waste treatment, potential pollution of the South Yuba River, raising the dam at Lake Van Norden, and swamping out an established summit community whose roots on the summit go back generations. If Foster-Syme are experiencing problems, it is with their mega-development proposal, not an issue about how to talk with the Donner Summit community leadership.

Sierra Watch is fully prepared to discuss anytime our objections to the Foster-Syme proposal , when and if they are willing to put the real issues on the table.

I would like to chime in on the ongoing oratory concerning us Tahoe Basin Resident’s cohabitation with the California Black Bears. Almost everyday I read or hear about either bear intrusions due to “thoughtless” homeowners or unfortunate animals getting hit by “errant” motorists. The reports are that as many as 30-40 just this year, which is incredible!

Why, at our Tahoe Pines Homeowner’s meeting in July, a query as to how many dwellers have had a skirmish with a bear, it looked to me like nearly 8 out of 10 put up their hands. Yes, it’s very apparent we have a problem.

But, what really is the problem and what would be the most humane course of action? The Bear League sites “us” for being irresponsible by leaving windows open or food of any kind (even unopened cans) in our cabins.

Now, let’s cut to the chase here, as they say. It appears to this laymen without a degree in Biology that this species that has been foraging on a plentiful supply of garbage for the past 40 or so years with no real predator just may be a little overpopulated. Kind of like the forest is around here due to our fire suppression practices. Perhaps our “bear environment” is overdue for the same treatment as our forests … a little thinning.

The proposed Foster/Syme development on Donner Summit is just another example of ignorant greed.

This fact is made evident by the developers ignorance to the reality of the environment they purchased for the purpose of making a profit.

There is no water on the summit to support their proposed development.

Their greed is made evident by the fact that they are willing to defile the fragile, pristine and irreplaceable environment, which is Donner Summit, in order to complete their development plans.

Ignorance and greed supported by wealth and political favor makes for a dangerous and destructive mix.

Make no mistake, these developers did not purchase these lands, inspired by it’s beauty and with the virtuous intent to share that with others.

If they had any clue what they were purchasing, they’d have known there was no water there. They’d have known the opinions of the community. They’d have understood and respected the impact development on the summit would have to the immediate environment as well as to all those down river and, in fact, all of California.

Those standing in defense of the historical, fragile, profoundly important, majestic beauty which is Donner Summit should be applauded.

Any who criticize their efforts reveal themselves for the ignorant greed which defines them.


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