I am writing in support last month’s Tour de Nez cycling event, which Truckee hosted in part. What other special events do we have in the area that attract some of the best athletes in the country. Personally, I really enjoyed the Thursday evening criterium. I saw many old local friends, and had a good evening of it, in addition to dropping a couple hundred bucks into the local economy. The establishments I visited looked to be doing pretty well for a cold, rainy Thursday night in June.Admittedly, the Friday race must have put out a fair amount of people. I have empathy for the local business owner who lost revenue due to road closures because we all are faced with high rents and significantly higher prices for goods and services as part of Truckee life. If lost income is the issue, instead of badmouthing the event, a little buy-in from local business, and better planning from the organizers, could turn the event into a money maker instead of a bad memory. In Europe, bicycle racing is big business, with millions of fans, and lots of Euros changing hands. We should be exploring options to widen our tourism base.However, I suppose it also is a matter of personal perspective, preference, and culture, so I’m probably dreaming. It is acceptable to close the streets for the parade, or suffer increased traffic because of the Cannibal Cruise, or the Truckee Rodeo, because we embrace the automobile and bull riding. It’s not acceptable to be inconvenienced by something as ridiculous as a bicycle race that doesn’t meet the tastes of most Americans, and most importantly, doesn’t meet the revenue generating criteria.It’s sad, because it sounds like Truckee is turning out to be like most of our country where people are so preoccupied with chasing the almighty dollar, and in such a hurry, they can’t be inconvenienced, unless they have a personal interest or will benefit financially.Speaking of which, I’d like to thank longtime locals, Tom and Carla Beebe, for taking the time and effort to give me a ride when I broke down on the road last week.Curtis GustafsonTruckeePromote pedalingI would like to applaud the town of Truckee for allowing the Tour de Nez to be held in town. At first I was a bit skeptical about the disruptions that it might cause, but instead I volunteered as a course marshal. I thought: Why be part of the problem when I could be part of the solution? As it turned out I met very enthusiastic crowds who were thrilled that such an event was being held in Truckee. I would have to say that about most all events that are held. They can be a disruption if you allow them to be, but as with events like the Fourth of July parade, Donner Lake Triathlon, Pioneer Days, Cannibal Cruse, and others, you can participate in them, as I have, and understand the benefits they bring to so many. Cycling? We should promote this activity as much as we can for the benefits to our personal health; the environment, crowding and congestion are numerous. Even on a global scale, Americans involved with cycling have made a larger positive impact on the world than most anything else that we have done. Lance Armstrong (www.lancearmstrong.com) is one of the best spokesmen for our country that we have ever had. If you ever go to Europe and are wearing a Livestrong wristband (www.livestrong.org) you will make friends wherever you go. Go to Europe wearing “I love Bush” or “I love Clinton” T-shirt, telling everyone how big your SUV is and you might wonder why you are being treated like a disease, mainly because to most of the world that attitude is a disease. And to help inform the person who wrote a negative letter addressing the bike race in Truckee: The race was not the Coors classic. It was the Tour de Nez. One of Truckee’s own residents has actually won that race in the past. If you are going to attack something you might want to learn what it is that you hate before you hate it.Dan WarrenTruckeeLaid-back and unleashedI am responding with concern to the letter (“Welcome to Truckee” Sierra Sun July 13). The writer himself stated that he enjoys the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities that are available here, activities and scenery, which are not available in the Bay Area or wherever he may reside. This, and the wonderful laid-back atmosphere, is why most people who live in Truckee make the sacrifices they do to indeed live here, and there are sacrifices to be made, mostly of the financial nature. We do appreciate the importance of the Bay Area visitors to the local economy, but who is the letter writer to come here as a visitor and dictate to us how we are supposed to live? Unlike our current president and his administration, I hope you are not out to impose your values and culture onto all others with no respect to theirs. Yes, our culture is different from that of the Bay Area, and when we go to the Bay Area to visit we respect your culture – we leash up our dogs and take them to the tiny, neurotic dog parks there, or we walk them through the city streets where there is indeed a need for them to be leashed. Then we gratefully return here and let ourselves and our dogs enjoy the “beautiful scenery” – unleashed. I do agree that we all need to be responsible for our dogs and their behavior, but if you are so upset that a dog walked near you with its fur up, then maybe you should choose more carefully where you take your walks. The two areas you described in your letter are known sanctuaries for unleashed dogs, and there are plenty of other trails and most of the area beaches, which do not allow dogs at all. You have the choice to take yourselves to these places. Please leave the others to the people and dogs who also wish to enjoy this incredible place we live.Marnie AndersonTruckeeDog lovers are the majorityIn response to the letter writer (“Welcome to Truckee” Sierra Sun July 13) regarding dogs bothering he and his wife while walking: There are certain areas that people take their dogs off-leash and certain areas where dogs have to be on a leash. I suggest the letter writer learn about these areas and he can go walking where dogs have to be on a leash. There are also places where dogs are not allowed. Contact the Chamber of Commerce and perhaps they can inform you. We locals have strong feelings against too much urbanization in our mountain community and too much regulation. You can find places to walk where dogs won’t bother you. Many of us have dogs and we appreciate having our places to take our dogs off-leash. We do not want every single location to require leashes just to appease those who don’t like dogs. We dog lovers are the majority. You can live in a gated housing development that doesn’t allow dogs and you can make a choice to walk where dogs won’t bother you. You can find those places. But you must remember that you are in the mountains and you should conform to the lifestyle here, rather than try to change the lifestyle into what you had in the city. If it was better there, then you should go back there.Peggy TownsTruckeeSew greatWe would like to thank Mrs. Donna Wolfe, Mrs. Ann Del Forge and the Noontime Rotary for helping us at Glenshire Elementary with our end-of-the-year Service Learning Project. For this project, we sewed tote bags for the extended care patients to carry on their wheelchairs and walkers.Mrs. Donna Wolfe donated her time and sewing machines to help us sew the quilted bags. The Noontime Rotary gave us a grant to buy the fabric and felt pens. Mrs. Del Forge, at the hospital, planned our visit with the patients and even gave us a treat,Thanks to everyone who helped us with this project.Mrs. Haddy’s third grade classGlenshire Elementary School
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