In a recent letter to the editor, (“Fine, move north” Sierra Sun Nov. 11) the president of the Truckee-Tahoe Republican Women responded to disgruntled Democrats who expressed thoughts of fleeing to Canada.”I empathize with the Democrats who are shocked that John Kerry lost the election. That is exactly how we Republicans felt in 1992 and 1996. However, we were not ready to move to Canada. No, we were ready to reach out, educate others of Republican principles, and wait for a brighter day.”Has the letter writer not noticed that in Republican administrations 40, 41, and 43, her party has abandoned fiscal responsibility, which used to be a key Republican principle? They have strayed so far from the mark that even Pat Buchanan did not back them in this last election.The bill for supporting the “military-industrial complex,” of which President Eisenhower so aptly warned, is far from being totaled. They are running a tab, and their appetite appears insatiable. Some Republicans reflexively use the term “taxandspendDemocrats,” as if this phrase is one word. Yet it is this present administration that has reversed the projected surplus they inherited, and turned it into a huge deficit; a deficit greater than the record high deficit that his father’s administration left for President Clinton to overcome. To those red voters who were scared out of changing horses, I echo Ronald Reagan’s question: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”My fear is that it is going to get a lot darker before it gets brighter. Christine SnowbergTruckee / San BrunoMANA thanksProject MANA, Truckee’s local hunger relief organization, relies heavily upon volunteers to make sure that our many programs run smoothly and successfully. Mark Estee, head chef and owner of Moody’s Restaurant, has contributed greatly to our Kids Can Cook program. Every Tuesday afternoon for four weeks, Mark led cooking and nutrition classes to boys and girls living in Truckee Pines. On the final day of class, Mark brought the kids to his restaurant, where they were given a full tour, cooked pizzas and chocolate-chip cookies, and had loads of fun. Mark gave not only his time but also fully supported the class financially. The kids loved him and everyone at Project MANA thanks Mark for his great dedication to our community.Truckee Girl Scouts have also been involved with Project MANA this fall. On Oct. 15, Junior Troop 774 worked extremely hard weeding, mulching, and painting in Project MANA’s community garden. We would like to thank them for their outstanding enthusiasm and cooperation in getting the gardens ready for winter and the upcoming year.In addition, Junior Troop 671 and Brownie Troop 452 completed very successful Halloween Trick-or-Treat food drives to benefit Project MANA. Each troop collected almost three hundred pounds of food from neighbors and local businesses.Project MANA thanks both the troops for their help in collecting all those pounds, as well as the community for their generous food donations.Project MANA staffKindness and generosityOn Nov. 15, 1999, I suffered a life threatening brain tumor hemorrhage. I’m writing to thank you all for my recovery to this point. It’s been a long road but had I been going down this road anywhere else it would have proven to be impassable. The kindness and generosity of this town has guided me and given my family and myself the support that we’ve needed during this time. It’s been greatly appreciated. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. You’re what makes Truckee such a special place. Sure Truckee is an aesthetically pleasing town, but it’s not until you account for the community here that you find the true beauty of the Sierra Nevadas. As I approach the 5th anniversary of this traumatic event, I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to my recovery. You know who you are.Dustin Dement TruckeeTrue meaning of leadershipMichele Ostrander, executive director of Tahoe Women’s Services, has dedicated herself to transforming the agency into one of the most respected non-profit organizations in North Lake Tahoe the past three years. However, Michele has announced her resignation to return to Houston to pursue personal and family priorities. To say that Michele will be missed is an understatement of indescribable proportions.During Michele’s tenure, she demonstrated the true meaning of leadership, infused the organization with a level of professionalism unparalleled in our community, and she inspired an already-dedicated staff to perform at ever-higher levels in fulfilling Tahoe Women’s Services mission of reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region. Under Michele’s guidance, TWS has both broadened and deepened the services it provides – for example, instituting more programs for children and additional counseling resources to prepare battered women to start new and independent lives – while at the same time maintaining strong fiscal responsibility in a time of dwindling public and private funding. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with Michele while on the TWS Board of Directors. I can honestly say that I have never come away from a conversation with Michele without having learned something, and usually something important and thought provoking. She always conducts herself professionally, with a unique ability to give equal energy to achieving the societal goals of the organization and maintaining its affairs on a sound business footing. Michele’s style is marked by rare qualities in today’s corporate world: unwavering honesty, good judgment, humor, vision, passion, and compassion. Not coincidentally, TWS is characterized by those same qualities.A farewell party sponsored by the staff and Board of TWS will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Nonprofit Center in Incline Village. I invite all of Michele’s friends, colleagues, and admirers to attend. Please join us. For more information, you may call Tahoe Women’s Services at (775) 298-0010. Stephen D. RamosMember of the Board of DirectorsTahoe Women’s ServicesHappy Truckee TrailsWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a great time for the Truckee Trails Foundation to thank everyone who has helped make 2004 a great year for our organization. We are most grateful for:• The support of all of our funders – large and small – for making an investment in Truckee’s trail system. In particular we would like to thank East West Partners for making Truckee Trails Foundation the beneficiary of Old Greenwood’s Inaugural Event featuring Jack Nicklaus, and for the generous support of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.• The big brother/big sister guidance that we’ve received from the Truckee River Watershed Council, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Town of Truckee, Truckee Rotary Club and the Our Truckee River Legacy Trail Foundation.• All the volunteers who came out in the cold and snow for the first ever Truckee Trails Day and the sponsors who donated generously: Patagonia, Clif Bar, Albertson’s, Safeway, and Rite Aid. A big thank you goes to Tom Blide who provided the heavy equipment and the expertise to build two beautiful river access points and haul away several hundred pounds of trash that we collected that day.• Being nominated by our peers in the non-profit community for the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Award. We were even more humbled to win the award, given the extraordinary work being done by Truckee’s entire non-profit community.A networked system of trails and bikepaths for Truckee has so far involved the work of countless volunteers, developers, and Town staff who work at implementing the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan everyday.Truckee’s trails system is increasingly becoming a reality. Thanks to everyone out there for helping to make it happen!Leigh FitzpatrickTruckee Trails Foundation
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