In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that followed, as an ex-resident of the city of New Orleans, I would ask that anyone interested in helping out, make a donation to the Red Cross of America’s 2005 Hurricane Relief Effort. The people you see on television, who were unable to flee, as well as those you don’t see, who are camped out on family and friends’ couches around the country, need your help and support. They don’t know when they will ever be able to go home. Thank you. Julie PetersTruckeeTeachers tired of excusesOnce again, teachers have to beg for a pay increase. For as long as I can remember, teachers have been at the bottom of the pay scale of educated public servants.As I understand it, several teachers have had to leave the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District because they cannot afford to live in Truckee. We worry about affordable housing for the labor force, but what about a cost-of-living raise for teachers?I am tired of hearing that teachers get three months off during the year. This in no way makes up for the many hours they spend at home planning lessons, correcting papers, and worrying about and trying to solve the special problems that arise almost daily.Another disgraceful situation is the amount of money paid to substitute teachers. A person hired for yard cleanup or house cleaning earns at least two times more than a substitute teacher. It is not worth it to teachers to substitute. Due to the shortage, positions cannot be filled.Although the above has been stated many times, something must be done immediately – no excuses. This is a disgraceful situation for the town of Truckee.Judy SpiresTruckeeCandles for Katrina victimsIn the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina I, like many, want to do whatever I can to help and encourage those who lost so must. So my question is: How can I help? What can I do? Here is what I came up with. I am a distributor for Mia Bella Gourmet Soy Candles. I run fund-raisers with these candles. I have decided to do a fund-raiser for the hurricane victims and send the money to our local Red Cross in Sacramento. I will be at Albertsons on Saturday, Sept. 3 selling these candles. I will be donating 76 percent of the profits to the Red Cross for the Hurricane Relief. Please come purchase a candle in the name of this relief effort.I have also contacted many local businesses about matching my profit or giving a one-time donation. I will then give the Red Cross one big check in the name of Truckee, Calif. Here is a list of the businesses that have already agreed to participate. I know there are many more of you who would like to be part of this, but I just didn’t have time to call everyone before this letter had to be in. Please call me at 401-4251 if you want to participate in this and I will make sure that we get your donation to the Red Cross.Participating business so far include Advanced Asphalt, Alder Creek Bail Bonds, Gratitudes, TIP , Ward-Young Architecture and Rock & Rose Landscaping.Thank you in advance for meeting the needs of others.Counting my blessings,Gail WahlTruckee
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