Letters to the editor for April 25-28, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for April 25-28, 2009

Lake Tahoe would unquestionably benefit from designing paved bicycle paths for bikers, pedestrians and joggers that would be maintained year-round from elements of nature.

Not only do bicyclists and others crave unique space alongside the traffic, but in winter, pedestrians would use these paths, as long as snow removal maintenance of each path was required, preferably by the occupant of the property or the city.

It’s true that the pavement would be considered an indulgence of coverage by TRPA, and that associated chemicals may contribute overtime to lake pollution; however, the safety of Tahoe residents and tourists outweighs this environmental concern. If they were constructed efficiently and practically, it would prove to be an advantage to the city of South Lake Tahoe and possibly become even more populous as a result.

Last spring when I participated in bike-to-work week, one stretch of my route consisted of an unpaved, shoulder-less, continuous gravel patch that was extremely close to Highway 50. In fact, one morning some careless driver with a questionable level of sobriety nearly ran me off the road, splashing mud on my professional attire. While I believe that Americans ought to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels, and I support the notion that most of us should get out of our cars and get some exercise, I must admit that I do not feel entirely safe on my bicycle without sufficient paved paths in all parts of South Lake Tahoe.

Additionally, it’s quite a frightening sight when children walk so close to drivers that may or may not be willing to share the road.

The premise for bicycle and pedestrian safety lies in the necessity for paved paths to be constructed in order to avoid inevitable dangers that continue to plague those who prefer more environmentally safe means of travel.

Jayme Miller

South Lake Tahoe

Kudos to the South Lake Tahoe City Council for not supporting the fireworks event. We don’t need a noisy event that discharges waste into the lake that we are trying to clean up.

Ed Sogg

South Lake Tahoe

I understand that it’s never TRPA’s intention when enacting regulations and imposing fees to drive middle-class residents out of the basin and keep middle-class visitors from coming. It just has that result, in nearly every instance.

The new inspection fee structure for boat launching is just another example of a financial burden that hasn’t been sufficiently justified to the public. Show us a cost analysis where these outrageous fees will just cover the cost of inspections. Show us a policy where if the fees take in more money than expected, they will be suspended for a period of time. Show us that you’re seeking other funding to replace the fees. Show us how the high fees are justified, and not just a revenue source.

Or just ignore as usual reasonable questions from the public and use fear of invasive species to guilt us into passivity while you price Lake Tahoe, our national treasure, out of reach of the working class.

Mark Wiza

South Lake Tahoe

This Wednesday’s Earth Day observance should encourage every one of us to leave adequate natural resources for our children and grandchildren by making needed changes in our driving, our shopping, our recycling and our diet.

Yes, our diet. A 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization blamed meat production for 18 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That’s more than automobiles! Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Moreover, meat and dairy production dumps more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined. It is the driving force in world-wide deforestation and wildlife habitat destruction.

This Earth Day and every day, let’s replace meat and other animal products in our diet with a healthful, eco-friendly spread of vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.

Samuel Alexander

South Lake Tahoe

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