Letter: ‘Do not underestimate the silent majority of this community’
It is amazing that the new publisher of the Tribune would venture into an issue that has suffered from both transparency and credibility. It is apparent that he has not considered the varying viewpoints on the subject, and while the current issue is not “for or against” the Loop Road, but rather should the final decision be made by the city council or a vote of the community.
The fact that 1,500 signatures were gathered in a very short time, one can draw their own conclusion. It is no surprise that the city administration and city council would make an attempt at invalidating this initiative; it should be obvious to this community that their decision has already been made. Make no mistake, this proposed project, whichever alternative is considered, is not about environmental benefits or improved traffic flow, or a “downtown,” as some have argued. It is clearly a development issue.
The assumption that those in the California side of the basin are uninformed or disinterested is a misnomer, and a large part of the responsibility lies with the lack of news reporting other than the “touchy/feely” issues. Do not underestimate the silent majority of this community.
Further, in response to the publisher’s comments about his experience in the Stateline area regarding traffic and its effects, does one think the transfer of those effects, if they exist, should be accepted in the neighborhoods? The publisher should not rely on the “spoon-fed” facts that currently exist on this issue and are presented by a captive audience that this newspaper relies on for advertising, but a broad cross-section of our residents.
John N. Cefalu
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.