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It was a cold Truckee evening and I was waiting for the bus at Safeway, having finished my grocery shopping after work Friday evening. I went back inside the store for a few minutes to get warm when the bus didn’t arrive on schedule. That’s when two men in an old white van (according to witnesses who didn’t realize it was not the men’s cart) pulled up and loaded my groceries into their van.

It saddens me that level of callousness exists in the world. I live from paycheck to paycheck. Next time I will take the cart into the store with me when the bus is running late.

The local bus system is inadequate with the growing number of tourists and residents. The same town that has the resources to buy several expensive brand new Town of Truckee police four-wheel-drive vehicles, can’t provide one decent vehicle for local bus service. I don’t mean the new bus that is used to transport tourists to ski/snowboard at Northstar and Boreal. I am talking about a bus to transport the local residents who pay dearly to work and live here and spend local tax dollars for transportation, as well as other services.

Bev Pruess


My name is John Forbes, not to be confused with Raymond Forbes, the suspect in the bomb scare on I-80 a few weeks ago. I know we share the last name, but we are not related. So I ask those who have thought me to be Raymond, look past the last name coincidence and allow me to live on without having to explain this scenario every time I come into contact with a local I know. Thank you.

John Forbes


I am writing in response to the letter “Truckee queens are aced out” (Sierra Sun Feb. 16). The letter states, “In the recent article of the Tahoe World it was stated that they were ‘Getting our Queen Back.’ So is this accomplished by not allowing Truckee girls to participate in the competition.”

Nothing in the article states or even infers that Truckee girls are not able to participate or that Tahoe City is trying to get the queen back. The Snow Festival Queen Contest is a fund-raiser for our area’s nonprofits and for Snow Festival. We have not had a Queen Contest since 2002. More than 30 Queen Contest applications were sent out to nonprofits in the Incline, Squaw Valley, Truckee, West Shore and North Tahoe areas. At least nine of those applications were sent to nonprofits in Truckee.

The four completed applications we received were from the North Tahoe High School Junior Class Prom Committee, Tahoe Women’s Services, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District Auxiliary and Tahoe City Rotary. These applicants handpicked their own queen candidates, who are truly wonderful girls.

We would have been, and would still be, thrilled to have candidates from Truckee or from any other part of our community.

Ruth Schnabel

Snow Festival Executive Director

We as residents of this town have an opportunity to have input into the attributes we want in a town manager. This position carries with it a great deal of power and sway in what happens to our town.

At the town council meeting last week only three of us submitted input. A woefully small number. It is now possible for more input to be received by the town via e-mail. Thus, you don’t need to leave home in the evening. The purpose of this letter is to put out a strong plea for the manager. The contact person is: Judy Price, town clerk.

Her e-mail is:

Please do not let this opportunity get by you. You do make a difference. So take a few moments to submit your input.

Rolf Godon


The passage of our school’s parcel tax, Measure A, on March 8, is near and dear to my heart. I have chaired the past parcel tax campaigns in 1993 and 1997. I have also served on the citizens review oversight committee from 1990 to 2001.

I am very proud of what our local tax has allowed our community to provide for our kids. For so little out of our individual pockets, collectively we have raised between $2 million and $3 million every year for our schools. In clear and tangible ways, this money has gone to enhance the public education of each of our children.

From its inception, the citizen review committee has worked hard to make sure that the parcel tax has given kids what it said it would.

With the resolution categories always in front of us, the parent, teacher and administrator members of the committee recommended funding for: classroom equipment and supplies, academic programs and increased course offerings, reduced class size, vocational education, music programs and equipment, computer curriculum and equipment, physical education, librarians and books, counseling and nursing services, and bus/playground/field maintenance and safety.

The last two of my four children will graduate from high school next June. Thanks to Measure A they have each reaped the benefits of the enhanced educational programs here in Tahoe-Truckee. Both my daughters were accepted and graduated from competitive colleges. One is now in her third year of medical school and continues to play her oboe. Our music programs have been a defining element in all of their lives.

I encourage everyone to continue to look after all of our children’s education. Support their future success by supporting Measure A on March 8.

Jan Ganong

Alpine Meadows

Advanced Placement calculus provides the opportunity for many students to expand their knowledge of mathematics and prepare for a possible career in architecture and engineering. Many people believe math is, in fact, the most important subject and that to excel in mathematics is very important to be successful in life and in getting a degree from a good university.

The high-level course not only looks good on college applications, but prepares us for the calculus classes we will have to take at the university level. By preparing us to take the advanced placement tests and receiving college credit, this will also save us valuable time and money. For those of us who enjoy math, this class gives us the chance to go on to the next level and challenge our mathematical ability that has never been challenged in this fashion.

If this class was removed from the curriculum it would hinder the AP learning experience and would leave us less prepared for our college and life challenges that lie ahead.

Gordon Neelands, Kim Quesnel

AP calculus students

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