There is no question about it; we were recently hit with a huge storm in the middle of the very busy Christmas/New Year’s week. The town plows did the best they could at the west end of Donner Lake under the extreme conditions. However, we were so glad to see our favorite driver, Ron Tucker, in the plow on Saturday night, Jan. 1. He did his job with such expertise. The messy streets were cleared by the next morning. We miss you Ron and want you back as our full time “plow boy.” Thank you Ron for a job well done.Sandy and Dan MalinDonner LakeCutting deepWhite House sources revealed their plan to cut promised benefits to retirees by nearly a third. And these cuts are guaranteed – whether you opt in to the Bush plan or not. For those entering the workforce today, that means more than a 25 percent cut in the retirement benefits they’re counting on; for their children, it guarantees a 46 percent cut. We can’t stand by and let George W. Bush and the Republicans cut our promised guaranteed retirement benefits – especially when so many of us are counting on Social Security to help us lead a happy, healthy life when we retire.J. HantTruckeeWhere were the plows?At 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, I made the mistake of trying to drive from Tahoe City to Truckee on Highway 89. We were four days into the biggest storm in 10 years. Caltrans had not plowed or sanded for at least 24 hours. The road was an ice skating rink the entire way. As I sat still in traffic, my four-wheel drive truck would slide into oncoming traffic, sitting stopped. Motorists were sliding everywhere. I could not even get out of my truck because it was so slick I fell down. Caltrans had not even made chains mandatory. A Raley’s big rig and a gasoline big rig, both with two trailers, went off the road and blocked traffic. Many cars were in the same shape. It took three hours to travel 5 miles from Tahoe City to the Squaw Valley entrance. My neighbor left for Truckee at the same time, but traveled over Highway 267. He told me that the road was beautiful and had no problems. I have been a full-time resident in Tahoe City for 35 years. It is common knowledge that Caltrans has started plowing on Highway 28 at the Nevada border, and then worked toward Tahoe City. This practice must stop. Why is Highway 267 more important than Highway 89 between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley? We in Tahoe City feel like we are being discriminated against or at least being treated like a bunch of orphans.I am aware that California is in a budget crunch, but to be so cheap that they will not spend a little money on sand is ludicrous. We pay for road maintenance through the gasoline tax. If the state is robbing this fund at the expense of our safety, then this must stop. We pay as much or more than the people in Kings Beach, and I for one demand equal treatment.M.D. BabcockTahoe City
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