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Letter to the Editor

Questioning current slogan

One has to question if the current slogan used to market South Lake Tahoe might be part of a mindset that fuels the problems relating to the disruption of our quality of life in our residential neighborhoods. The “Come to the Wild Side” invitation to party hearty encouragement might do well for the peek shows and other entertainments found in the casino core, but is that what we really want from our vacation renters that have found their way into our neighborhoods? I believe the majority of visitors are still attracted by the “Lake Affect” that made Tahoe the famous come-to place for relaxation, enjoyment of the natural beauty and restoration from the tensions of the outside world. Those that promote the idea that there should be no limit to the number of vacation home rentals would have you believe that those of us that actually live here shouldn’t have a voice in this debate. The idea that outside special interests and investors should decide how many vacation home rentals are needed and where they should be located defies local rule. Too much of even a good thing will eventually prove the Boom or Bust paradigm.

For many, their quality of life and neighborhood experience is the bigger issue. Good stewardship of our national treasure will go a long way to deliver a quality experience to those coming to see the famous blue waters of Lake Tahoe. My invitation to our visitors would simply say: “Come to Tahoe for the “Lake Affect”

Susanne Hoy

South Lake Tahoe

Global warming

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby sounds good, but if their proposed legislation is read carefully you find it is not about effecting climate change but about wealth re-distribution and getting donations to make money for the founder. Unless he is a volunteer, which I doubt, he is taking a skim off of the top. Re-distribution is accomplished by “Equal Monthly Per-Person Dividends.” They will take your money and give it to the poor so they can afford the massive energy cost increases. Socialism anyone? Use just a tiny bit of logic to follow the money. When you give back 100 percent of the “carbon fee” where is the revenue to fund this? Oh yeah, the government will run it so it won’t cost anything. This whole scheme is founded on one hare-brained paper written by some people from MIT that have likely never had to exist in the real world outside of academia. They say this is market driven and not regulation driven but they propose many new regulations and punitive fees to force the implementation of this scheme. They say it is good for the economy but don’t say how. They think this scheme will force foreign governments to do what they want to stay competitive with the U.S. Yeah right, like herding cats. They use a lot of buzzwords like “transparency” to help sell their dream. The new definition of transparency is, you can look right through what I’m saying and you won’t see anything. Please read the website with a critical eye and ignore the gobbledygook. Trillions of dollars would be required to create 2.8 million jobs. That has to come from somewhere or maybe the 2.8 million jobs created from the non-existent revenue will be done by volunteer workers.

Harold Parks

South Lake Tahoe


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