My husband and I would like to share our experience to shine more light on the March 18 Sierra Sun article A babys safe surrender, regarding a very humane law, one which changed our lives.Though seven years of foster care did give us four children to care for and grow to love (two were in their early teens and two young siblings stayed briefly), there was still a deep desire to raise a child within us. We had an interesting false start by taking in an infant whose mother changed her mind after two months. We all knew it was the right thing for that baby to go back to his mom (she had worked hard to get him back classes, etc.).Within weeks of that experience I got the call. I picked up our baby, beautiful Baby Doe #1, that morning, the second day of his life. Ill warrant that there arent two happier parents in this town still!Thanks to the moms who know they cant or wont handle the future investment a child requires; the hospital that handles it so well; the Nevada County Child Protective Services who, we feel, saw our investment in foster care and knew our desire for an infant; and the quick adoption afforded by this law. Within six months he was our legally adopted son.This particular part of the child care system, clearly based on the need of that baby to have a solid beginning with a family who has shown commitment, works. We all win.Now a word about foster care. Though we are not participating at present, I would ask people to consider getting involved. We wouldnt change a minute we spent being parents to all of these kids. Our first foster son is visiting after a year in Iraq. We are his mom and dad! Our oldest son just visited and bought our truck (cheap!). Theyre our kids. I know the agencies here badly need families. It will deepen, challenge and change lives.A Truckee neighborEditors note: Due to confidentiality issues regarding adoptions and the Safe Surrender Law, the Sierra Sun is allowing this letter to run anonymously. The Sierra Suns submission policy continues to require a name and phone number with a letter to the editor or a My Turn guest column.
After reading Hayden W. Sohm’s defense of the proposed Sierra Crossing Museum at Donner Memorial State Park (Museum issue: good debate, bad facts, Sierra Sun March 18), one is forced to the conclusion that the real reason for the museum is that the park has bond money and feels it has to spend it. The money would bebetter spent on land acquisition; trail development, improvement, and maintenance; and interpretive signing. Surely visitors can better understand the rigors of the Sierra crossing by walking a part of it than by spending their time in the Sierra inside the walls of a museum.Jack Kashtan Truckee
I have lived in Truckee for over 23 years. I have eyes; I can see. It does not take a genius to realize that the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District has outgrown its present facilities. I will support the building of a new facility to meet the needs of this community for the next 50 years. I would vote for a bond measure that will allow the building of a $20 million community center.However, I cannot support a community center on the Commercial Triangle site. This site is located one and a half miles from the end of Truckee Tahoe Airports main runway. Contrary to whats been said, very large jets fly over this site. I believe the risk of an airplane crashing into this site doesnt justify finding that this is a safe site to place over 1,000 persons per acre. Many of these people will be children.I believe the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District should reconsider building on the site. The potential for disaster is too great. Building on a site just because it is free makes no logic. The present Truckee River Regional Park would be a better site even though it is in the same airport land compatibility zone as the Triangle. The Sierra Mountain Middle School is another.Dennis DickinsonTruckee