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Restoring Rim Trail is a waste of money

To the editor:

I know that this letter comes a few years too late, and it will annoy many of the people who have contributed money and hard work, but I have to say that the Tahoe Rim Trail has proved rather boring and not really worth the time and effort spent on it. The terrain is largely unexciting, lacking those beautiful little lakes and streams that adorn, for example, the climb up Mt. Tallac. I would 10 times rather go to somewhere like Round Top Lake or Showers Lake; it’s much more fun with a tangible destination. Just plodding from one highway to another just doesn’t cut it; great views, but we can get those from Raley’s parking lot.



I’m afraid that the whole concept has been one of sheep-thinking where some well-meaning but wooly-headed outdoors person had an idea, and the rest of us jumped onto it without thinking about whether it was an attractive hike or not. Maybe it was the thought of completing a circle around the lake that was so appealing; something like connecting the dots in the children’s section of the Chronicle. So why don’t we just forget about the rest of it, and those who want to do something worthwhile, put their efforts into, for example, making a safe path up beside the incomparable Horsetail Falls. Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from this, and consider a project more carefully before jumping on the bandwagon.

Frank Smith




South Lake Tahoe

Orlich should take the back burner

To the editor:

In Afghanistan, women are so oppressed that they are denied in some cases even the right to receive medical care from a male doctor. In Philadelphia, a videotape depicting the violent struggle that preceded the arrest of Thomas Jones has caused an uproar that will not easily be quieted. Dramatic headlines explode across the pages of newspapers throughout the world, but woe to the ill-fated citizens of South Lake Tahoe, who must accept the loss of their boy’s varsity basketball coach!

While the world speeds on around us, our community seems to be in a trance, unable to realize that there is more to life than a winning basketball team. Many fans and ex-players have written to the paper emphasizing the values that Orlich taught. It’s a wonderful thing that he was able to pass on to his players knowledge that extends beyond that court. However, who are we to say that the values expressed by Orlich are worth so much more than those that may be learned from other members of our community? Are not many other coaches also interested in teaching their players more than just basketball? Is it possible that the school could find another coach who encourages similar values?

Speaking of which, where exactly are those well-praised values? Does publicly denouncing certain members of our community, including administrators at our high school, manifest strong principles? Perhaps it has been learned that such behavior is appropriate when protecting a respected friend or leader. Perhaps values only apply when we are content with the circumstances within which they must be applied. If I follow the precedents set before me by many of these avid supporters of values, I will go off to college knowing that it is OK to pout and be rude if I don’t get my way.

I do not doubt that Orlich is an excellent coach, nor do I doubt that many of his players have benefited from having experienced his coaching. However, we as a community must keep in mind our priorities. There are many more important issues at hand. The decision has been made; let’s set an example as a community and, whether or not we agree with it, respectfully accept it. To continue to treat the issue with such a lack of propriety is to tarnish the legacy that Orlich will leave behind.

Denise Bogard

South Lake Tahoe

Cell phones need to be kept out of cars

To the editor:

Once a week a very special friend of mine and I spend a day together taking a drive around this beautiful area and stop off at a nice restaurant for dinner, when hunger hits us. On our outing we like to observe people. What we see is most of the time dangerous situations. It’s unbelievable how badly most people drive without regard for others. However, we both agree the worst of all of what we see is the over-use of the cellular phone.

It should be against the law in all 50 states to talk on the cellular phone while driving your car. It’s next to impossible to 100 percent concentrate on your driving while yakking on the phone.

Not long ago, a bride-to-be was driving to meet her girlfriends to pick out her wedding dress. Her husband-to-be called her on her cellular phone and the bride-to-be, not paying attention to her driving, ran a red light, and instead of a wedding, her friends went to her funeral. Another time, while enjoying a nice meal, we heard a phone ring and a woman opened up her purse, took out her cellular phone, and mentioned to the people around her to please be quiet, “I am talking on the phone.” My friend told her to shove that cellular phone up her mashed potatoes and gravy. These inventions were to help better mankind:

nThe automobile

Henry Ford put it together so we could go from point A to point B and enjoy life better. All he did as of the year 2000, was create a huge headache.

n Television was meant for family to be together to watch good entertainment. It’s now filth and violence.

n Cellular phone

My friend and I believe it’s OK for police on duty, the ambulance on call, and firemen rushing to a fire. For the average citizen, it should be outlawed. It’s come to the point of being ridiculously way over-abused. The only phone Mr. Bell had in mind for us to use was the one in our home. So rather than bettering mankind, we are heading backward. Maybe we should go back to the horse and buggy. It seems to us they had more fun out of life.

Bob Hoskins

Jude Benoit

South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe airport is a losing business

To the editor:

After reading Mr. Bachinger’s letter to the editor in the July 17 edition, I think we are all missing the point. The airport is a business, and like any business that is losing money, we either have to increase revenues, decrease expenses or get out of the business all together. In this particular case, the Board of Directors, i.e.; the City Council, needs to make that decision based on sound business factors.

It doesn’t take much research to realize that the real reason for the decline of the Tahoe airport is the emergence of the Reno/Tahoe Airport as a first-class facility that provides frequent, fast and economical service. Pick up any ski magazine, and you can see the full-page color ads touting the Reno/Tahoe Airport as the destination airport to Tahoe.

What we (the chamber of commerce and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority) should do is take advantage of that marketing effort and make the ground transportation from the Reno/Tahoe Airport totally seamless for guests coming into Tahoe. Let’s take the money we’re pouring into a losing business and boost the transportation effort from the Reno/Tahoe Airport, so that when customers book to Tahoe, they get on a first-class bus with beverage service, their bags automatically destined to their particular lodging, and they are dropped off at the doorstep of that lodging.

The uses of the airport could continue as a general aviation facility for emergency medical movement and private planes can continue to use the facility, as long as it can be supported without taxpayer dollars. There are probably many other uses that could be made, such as consolidating city and county services in a one-stop location, or even letting Parks and Recreation develop it into a recreation center.

The old days of Tahoe airport service are long gone, so let’s move forward and maximize our assets to their best advantage.

John A. Hash

South Lake Tahoe


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