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Letter: Three strikes and Wetzel should be out

To the editor:

Recently, I wrote two letters that called into question the role of our current mayor, Tom Davis, in the ongoing problems with Tahoe Air and our city. Now we are being asked to accept the words of Mr. Bruce Wetzel, Tom Davis’ longtime personal friend. According to Wetzel, he has now found a new set of investors for this third attempt at putting an airline in Tahoe. His first attempt was Boone Air, which never materialized. His second, Tahoe Air, went belly-up and now owes more than half a million dollars all over town. And now, No. 3 attempt, Tahoe Express is being proposed for later this spring.

Currently, the former Tahoe Air still has not paid its very loyal employees who stayed with them until the bitter end. Tahoe Air still owes our city more than $65,000. Yet there are certain members of our City Council who are harboring thoughts of backing another attempt by Wetzel. I’ll simply state that this stinks. Would any bank in this, or any other town, support new credit from someone who still owed them money? No. Would a reasonable-thinking citizen support this new Tahoe Express after the way Tahoe Air treated its former employees? No.

Please keep in mind that even though my daughter was one of the unpaid former employees of Tahoe Air, this has absolutely no bearing on my current stand. More than a year ago, when I ran for City Council, one of my basic issues was honesty in government, and it still is. This attempt by Wetzel/Davis is just wrong for our city. We can’t trust this new proposal.

One final thought: Anyone who still has doubts about what I claim, should check the performance of the stock issued by the primary investor of Tahoe Air. Very interesting!

I am still in favor of bringing airline service back to Tahoe, but not Wetzel’s. Three strikes, and you are out!

Jerry Oldenkamp

South Lake Tahoe

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