The Truckee Town Council should have sought input from the public on the recent bicycle race. I know some of the council members were here when the Coors Classic race came through town. What a mess. They are not five to seven minutes apart at the end, but 30 to 40 minutes apart. They each have support vehicles following them down the road to slow any traffic.
To close downtown streets, which in turn forces the post office to close as well as all those Truckee businesses to suffer or close, is ludicrous. In the council’s fervor to get air time for the Truckee name, they have lost sight of what is best for local business and the community. Why not try to improve the business climate in town so that those of us who pay these ridiculous rents trying to make a living and have made Truckee what it is today, more successful.
Having a couple hundred bike riders and their families here, and the one-hour exposure on some obscure cable channel may not outweigh the ability of the stores to do business and customers to get to them.
Please keep in mind what has taken place in Tahoe City. Property values and a negative business climate has closed many established businesses. Christie Hill and Wolfdale restaurants are both for sale and others have closed already.
The location businesses and the residents have made Truckee a great place to live, not the golf course/gated communities, special events or East West Partners.
Please in the future consider wisely before accepting an event which closes the streets of our town for the benefit of so few.
Business owner, Truckee resident
I recently heard that Scott Bent, humanities teacher for Sierra Mountain Middle School and now Alder Creek Middle School, will be retiring after 12 years of service. Thank you Scott, for your generous dedication to the hundreds of eighth graders to whom you patiently taught history, whether they wanted to learn it or not.
I believe it’s not a commitment to our district but to the students we teach that gives us the drive to meet the countless demands of the job, serving on committees, attending conferences, keeping in communication with fellow teachers and classroom parents, and then having to find the energy to negotiate a decent income.
I sincerely hope community members step up to the plate, and give their time, as many teachers have done for their students, to learn and voice their support regarding the teachers of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
I sincerely congratulate Scott on his retirement. I’m sure he will fair very well in whatever endeavor or adventures follow.
Teacher, Sierra High School
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