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The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Railroad Regulators “601” who saved the day in a very big way for our animals. After a refrigerator meltdown at the town’s kennel, we sent out an e-mail blast to our volunteers with a plea for a new refrigerator. We received countless responses from our amazing supporters and received three donated refrigerators.

Unfortunately, we lost a significant amount of vaccines when the fridge stopped working, so the Railroad Regulators donated $500 to help us replace more than half of what we lost. One of the most important services HSTT provides to our community is ensuring our adoptable pets are healthy. So, we can all be thankful to the Railroad Regulators for helping us continue to provide our much needed services.

The Early Learning/School Readiness Project at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is very grateful to the Alpine Winter Foundation for their ongoing support for children in our community, by providing funding for a wonderful camp in the summer for entering kindergarteners.

Children, who have not had a chance to go to preschool or who need added support for a successful start, have the opportunity to attend a 4-week summer camp, where they make friends, become acquainted with their school campus and learn important skills for kindergarten success.

We are also very grateful for our partners in the project: Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and First Five Nevada County.

I second the letter saying, “Hats off to Bill Krissoff, the Truckee surgeon willing to serve in Iraq.” Serving in the military is honorable and distinguished, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who serve. In both war and peace, we need our military to defend this great country. Patriotism is the backbone of this nation. This country was founded by brave, honorable and distinguished men and women who were unwilling to accept the corrupt rule of a king out of touch with the needs of his subjects, the commoners. Think back to the Revolutionary War and recall how the patriotic were those who defied a corrupt government that took all it could from the colonists for personal gain. The greed and arrogance of the king and his elite court is what gave rise to the United States of America.

It’s time for this type of patriotism again. Yes, patriotism sometimes requires that we, as individuals, don’t follow blindly the leaders who carelessly sacrifice lives of our brave soldiers and cripple our military might in exchange for corporate profits and huge campaign contributions. It’s widely acknowledged that the war in Iraq is not about our freedom. So it should not be surprising that parents don’t want their children to join the military these days.

If we want parents to stop saying “not my child,” I believe we must require our government to care for our soldiers more responsibly, and we do this by becoming informed and voting intelligently. We all must take the time to learn and understand the platforms of the candidates and the party each represents, find out who is bankrolling their campaign and why. Don’t listen to catchphrases, negative campaign ads and corporate-funded slander groups. Don’t be persuaded by fear.

No matter what the challenge, this nation can rise to meet it as long as courage and intelligence prevail. It’s time we support our troops and our military by becoming involved. We don’t need another bloody revolution to accomplish this, but we do need a revolution in the voting booth.