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Letters: Sorry to see Lakeside go; McClintock turned his back on us (Opinion)

Dear Editor:

I am sorry to see that Lakeside Inn and Casino is closed for good. 

What I do not see is if it has been open for 35 years, how is it they can’t hold on for a month or two. It seems like poor money planning to me. You run a casino and you have no back up fund in place. 

I would think you could even have some sort of insurance for it to cover the lease, rent and regular costs. It was a nice locals place to spend some time at. Hope someone pulls it back together and reopens it.

Robert Karkheck, South Lake Tahoe

McClintock turned his back on us with “No” vote

Dear Editor,

Our community is in a fragile state, worrying about our very existence.

Thousands of us are out of work, thousands are worrying about food security, worrying about our children’s education, fearful of the prospect of coming down with a disease that seems to know no bounds and whether we’ll be able to cover our medical expenses with or without health insurance.

Just when we needed help for our caregivers and businesses to get through COVID-19, our Congressional Rep. Tom McClintock—R turned his back on us. He was one of only 40 members of Congress to vote no on the federal stimulus funding.

He had a chance to support us, he failed.

Let him know how you feel in November. We can do better. Vote for Brynne Kennedy for Congress.

Paco Lindsay, Theresa May Duggan, Tahoe Vista

McClintock responded to the letter with the following comment:

There’s been a great deal of confusion over the three bills Congress has enacted to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and my votes on them. 

At the outset of the pandemic, I supported the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, HR 6074. It appropriated $8.3 billion to directly fund research and development of vaccines, treatments and medical supplies to combat the virus. It passed the House on March 6.

Most recently, I supported and spoke in favor of the CARES Act, the $2.3 trillion relief package that passed the House on March 27. Among other things, it established the Paycheck Protection Plan to keep small businesses afloat, provided the direct cash payments that individuals and families are now receiving, and the liquidity measures to assure employers had ready access to capital to avert insolvency. Despite its many flaws, I believed it was essential to prevent temporary job losses from becoming permanent.

The only bill I voted against was HR 6201. It was brought to a vote on the House floor shortly after midnight on March 14 — just 15 minutes after it was introduced. It required small businesses to front up to three months paid leave to employees at a time when those businesses had already lost their cash flow. 

Within days, trade and business associations advised their members to lay off employees to avoid this liability. The biggest spike in unemployment claims came the week this bill took effect, suggesting that its effect was to cost millions of workers their jobs.

I have noticed a concerted effort to mis-represent this vote as a vote against all relief measures, and believe it is important to set the record straight.

Congressman Tom McClintock, 4th District

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