Letters to the editor Wednesday, April 9, 2014
April 9, 2014
Billboard inappropriate for Tahoe's entry highway
As I was driving back from the Bay Area recently, I couldn't help notice a huge billboard that advertised "The Bunny Ranch" in Mound House. It was right near Sierra-at-Tahoe, heading east. I was shocked! My first thought was that prostitution is illegal in California. There must be a law that prohibits advertising of an illegal activity in the state even if it is legal in another. My second thought was that a lot of families visit the Tahoe area via the Echo Summit corridor. What do you say to a carload of kids that want to visit "The Bunny Ranch?" The parents have to come up with some clever explanation to the children, why this isn't possible. I know in the eyes of a child a "Bunny Ranch" is something I would definitely want to see.
As far as I am concerned, this is very inappropriate advertising when traveling to our community and a popular family vacation destination. I believe the sign ordinance department in El Dorado County need to regulate what is acceptable. I can't even put a sandwich board out in front of my local business. I had two cops that threatened to sight me for this. Seriously. Further more, the State of California should have some law prohibiting this kind of illegal marketing. Lets just start advertising Marijuana Dispensaries on giant billboards, that's legal.
South Lake Tahoe
Library opens the world to all of us
Why I will vote "Yes" on Measure L. I am probably one of the most non-political people I know, however, I feel very strongly about this measure to support our South Lake Tahoe Public Library. I have seen, firsthand, the benefit the library adds to our community: summer arts programs, computer classes, homework help, story time in English and Spanish, book clubs, knitting groups, cultural and educational enrichment lectures, and my favorite, an inter-library book request system that gets you books from any library in the entire county- all free and available to anyone.
This is not a new tax. By voting "yes" on Measure L, it will merely continue the parcel that we have already been paying for years. Where else can you get everything a library offers for $20 a year? For less than the price of just one book, purchased on Amazon, the SLT community can keep our library open five days a week.
A library opens the world to all of us. I don't know of any other institution that benefits such a diverse group, from all walks of life. Our library is a wise investment and one I hope everyone makes. That's why I will vote "Yes" on Measure L.
South Lake Tahoe
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