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We are part-time Truckee residents. On Jan. 11 we were digging a path through the snow to our house on East River Street when a fire truck drove by. They saw two seniors slowly shoveling and stopped, got their shovels and cleared the path to our house. They saved us hours of work.

In this day of bad everyone and everything these firemen need to get a big thank you for their kindness. Their mothers did a good job raising them.

Patty and Ralph Ramacciotti



Reno/Truckee

This letter is in response to the Railyard article in the Sierra Sun. I believe that it would be in the best interest if the existing U.S. post office should be moved to land available at the airport. The USPS should then build smaller retail outlets around town. I would suggest downtown Truckee, Tahoe Donner, Glenshire, Pioneer Center area, and keeping the Donner station. This would greatly reduce many miles of daily travel to the post office.



I would like to see the proposed civic building become a state of the art library. I would like to invite you to visit the Truckee Nevada County Library. They only have four computers and one study desk.

I would like to see any performing arts center to built on the new Community Art Center.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. I look forward to the public process to make this a great asset for the Town of Truckee. My greatest fear is that we may lose our community character if this is not planed right. Scottsdale, Ariz. lost its roots to development. I would hate to see that happen to Truckee.

Denny Dickinson

Truckee

I urge the Tahoe Fire Commission to resolve the fundamental conflict of priorities in the laws governing forest management in the Tahoe Basin.

The priority of fire safety should be explicitly recognized to exceed the priority of environmental protection in cases where there is a conflict. Environmental review should not occur last, after forest management programs have been designed – it should be part of the initial design process. The management programs should be subject to a final review by fire agencies before approval so cumulative environmental protections do not unreasonably erode fire safety through the design/review process.

This is reversed from the present situation, and until this shift in the balance of priorities is clearly imposed, numerous state and regional agencies will tend to reinforce their existing cultural priorities, preventing the permanent change necessary to reduce the risk to human life from wildfire. The destructiveness of the Angora and Southern California fires make this need for change undeniable.

It is only possible that this change occur through unambiguous action of the federal and state governing bodies. The fire commission recommendations are essential to bring that about.

Rick Verbanec

Meyers


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