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Readers write

On Friday morning before the Measure A Special Election “No on Measure A” placards began appearing around town. By Friday afternoon the majority of them had disappeared. By the following Saturday afternoon “Yes on Measure A” placards had appeared in many of the same locations.

The passage or defeat of Measure A is not the issue here. What is at issue is the flagrant disregard for the First Amendment rights of some of our citizens. The raw prejudice which must lie behind such actions diminishes our community as a whole. Should Measure A pass, I pray that the CRC [citizens review committee] uses foresight and good judgment in the allocation of the funds to insure that such anger and fear of diversity not be passed on to the children of this community.

Dick Munday-

Truckee

On behalf of the Save Our Schools “Yes on Measure A campaign, I would like to let the community know that we strongly oppose the removal of the No on A signs in Truckee this past weekend. While we are working very hard to insure that Measure A passes with great support from the community, we also believe strongly in the importance of free speech. Everybody has the right to express their opinion and we do not support anybody interfering with that right.

When our campaign first realized that the signs were being removed by someone in the community, we immediately called the police to report the crime. No one involved with our campaign is or ever would be involved in such undemocratic activity.-

We live in a diverse community of people with strong opinions on many issues. We value and support that diversity and are proud to live in a country in which freedom of speech is a central value.

Phebe Bell

Co-Chair of the Yes

on Measure A Campaign

I am writing with regard to the proposal to build another museum overlooking Donner Lake and eliminating the very popular dog beach. I believe there are better options and the current proposal will impact negatively on the aesthetics of the forest area and also on the local population (families with dogs and families without dogs).

First, one would expect architecturally a museum would focus primarily on an inward look to its exhibits. The idea of having the forest view from the lake destroyed for a museum is not the best alternative for this environment. The state park area is the last remaining show of the forest setting that exists around the Lake as private residences are breaking through everywhere. The state should set some example of preserving the environment.

Finally, we have observed hundreds of people and dogs happily using one of the few dog beaches available. This is true all year around, even in the snow. The Truckee area is dog country. I do not own a dog but I am quick to see that the number of people who own dogs is greater in the Truckee area than other places. To eliminate this feature would have a negative impact on mountain people.

My background is architecture and planning. I have spent a good deal of time in the area and believe there are better alternative locations considering the land availability.

William Sr. and Marian Seline

Sacramento

In the March 2 edition of the Sierra Sun, an article entitled “County Court Could Be Short Handed” needs to be clarified in order to avoid confusion, which probably is occurring in the minds of Truckee residents.

The article, a re-print of one written in your affiliated Nevada City newspaper, The Union, was written purely from the perspective of Nevada City and ignores the fact that there are two branches of the court. One branch is Nevada City and the other branch is in Truckee.

Nevada County Superior Court has five judges in Nevada City and one judge, myself, in Truckee. Additionally, we have a court commissioner who works in both branches.

Although it is certainly true that within a few months we may have two judges retire, the rest of us will be quite busy serving the citizens of California for many years to come. Have no fear, the court will keep on performing in its usual fine fashion.

C. Anders Holmer

Presiding Judge

Superior Court of County of Nevada

We were stunned and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Dennis Machida, director of the Tahoe Conservancy. Mr. Machida’s contributions to the restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe are unquestionable. He worked long and with great enthusiasm for the lake.

Less is known about his work for the entire Sierra Nevada range. His most recent contribution was toward the creation of the Sierra Conservancy. Mr. Machida played a significant role in the establishment of this conservancy, lending his credibility and the years of experience he gained at the Tahoe Conservancy. Mr. Machida’s work on the Sierra Conservancy is a clear example of his generosity and leadership. For this contribution, we in the Truckee Donner area are especially grateful.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.

Our Truckee River Legacy

Foundation

Truckee Donner Land Trust

Truckee River Watershed

Council

Truckee Trails Foundation