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Guest view: Comments by utility district employee ‘insulting’

Ken Curtzwiler

An Aug. 5 letter to the editor in the Tahoe Daily Tribune by a South Tahoe Public Utility District employee has already labeled any candidate for the STPUD board in the upcoming election “a group of power-hungry folks with an agenda that benefits a small group of their pals.”

The letter writer, Wanda Stanley, has also accused us of being Mr. Dale Rise’s stacked deck of personal friends who want nothing more than to get on this board so we can add our votes to his and be his pal. Silly, silly.

Wanda, nothing could be further from the truth – truth which seems to be sorely lacking in your letter. I attended the question-and-answer session you had before the last election, and you have been against anyone who is willing to take a stand and think for themselves.

The employees had a questionnaire that was never made public, and for their sake they should be glad it wasn’t. They had more than 25 questions for Dale and the other candidates, but none for their lackey incumbents. Most of the questions were personal and anonymous. I ended up asking the question of all the candidates – not just Dale – if they were in this for personal gain. The question to Dale was, are you going for personal gain in getting on the board because you are an underground utility contractor and might get a break from the district.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Dale is one of the most solid individuals I know, and he would never stoop so low as to ask favors of the employees or expect any. I have known Dale both personally and professionally, and I find Wanda’s statements insulting and her accusations toward me insulting. Let the mud-slinging begin. One if by land, two if by sea and three if by letter to the editor.

District employees have had it easy with past wise decisions made by the board through recommendations of staff as put by your chief steward in her letter. Hopefully the public will see that for what it actually says, they run the board and woe to anyone who gets in their way. I am here today to let you know that I am one of the power-hungry folks you are referring to who are looking to stack Dale’s deck, and that you could not be further from the truth. Although I am friends with most of the candidates, I can only speak for myself, as I wouldn’t want to be seen as friends of any other candidate and suffer public condemnation as Dale has.

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I am going to do my best to get on this board as an individual, independent and non-Dale agenda member. In doing so, knowing that I am going to open myself to the wrath of the employees or at least Wanda. I can only hope the voting public is wise enough to see through her charade.

– Ken Curtzwiler is a candidate for the South Tahoe Public Utility District board, seat No. 2.