David Bunker is a truly outstanding reporter, but I need to mention one oversight to his otherwise excellent article regarding the Waddle Ranch acquisition (Martis land in public hands Sierra Sun Sept. 20). DMB Highlands, the developer of Martis Camp, has been wonderfully supportive of the Land Trust’s and The Trust for Public Land’s efforts to protect Waddle Ranch and deserves mention as a conservation partner. Mention should also be made of Timilick that funded the case statement for our capital campaign.Perry Norris Truckee Donner Land Trust
One couldnt help but be hit over the head by the Long-Distance Learning headline on Friday, Sept. 14. I turned to the story immediately to see what would be reported as wrong with our local public schools and I found nothing. Is it really news that a handful of families have chosen to enroll their students in charter or private schools? This is a common choice families make in every community. The need for a student to pursue their education in an alternate setting is a reflection on the needs of that student, not on the quality of the program offered at our schools. Some students need the extra support and structure that private schools charge for and chartered schools are chartered for. Many of my friends attended our local schools and they are now successful members of our community whose children now attend our schools; schools where they challenge themselves with AP and Honors classes while playing in the band and on championship sports teams. I also know of many of our locally educated students who have gone on to prestigious colleges and experience success there with the skills they learned in our local schools. If a student cannot experience success in our local schools, they should pursue a setting that suits their educational needs, but that is not news. Give our schools a break. Focus on the many things the do well. I for one want to thank the many dedicated teacher whose quality instruction meets the very rigorous California standards. Where are the headlines for them?Mitchell MillerTahoma
The Homewood ski lifts already exist; no upgrades needed, thus selling real estate and amenities is the prime motivation. This is why Ski Area was removed from the original Homewood Mountain Ski Area and replaced with the word Resort. David Tirman, with East West Partners, is now hired by Chapman (Sierra Sun Sept. 4, 2007) to be the developer for the amenities! Tirman also claims credit or discredit for Northstar. These type of ski areas are included in the movie Resorting to Madness, which reveals the impacts of the modern ski resort (real estate) industry on mountain communities and the destruction and loss of the environment.As a new boy in West Shore/Tahoe Basin, Mr. Tirman already has several local quotes, which require clarification. Homewood is like a diamond in the rough (Sierra Sun Sept. 9, 2007). Our small historic, unique and pristine Homewood West Shore jewel has been sparkling for over a century. His second quote, This is an opportunity to enhance an already beautiful place. We are not a place and he forgot the common saying, If it is not broke, dont fix it. Also, I do remember Mr. Chapman words while present at the Homewood Homeowners Association meeting (June 20, 2007). He remarked to several attendees, Homewood would never be another Northstar ski area. His promise, ones hope, is truthful. However, one wonders with Chapmans newly hired Tirman. Finally, with Sierra Sun exposing a recent poll of proposed real estate development by Chapman at Homewood only illustrates that for that moment, people are not aware of Homewoods biggest threat of Resorting to Madness. Sierra Business Council and their members were hired by Art Chapman two years ago for his project. The fact that TRPAs Executive Director John Singlaub is also a director of the board of SBC gives Chapman an advantage. This is in a total conflict of interest. Singlaub should be making open decisions facing TRPA Governing Board to preserve and protect Tahoe Basin and its environment and residents, not biased recommendations working for Sierra Business Council.We must continue to be organized against this madness.James W. Gearhart MDHomewood
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