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Story on restoration act was inaccurate

To the editor:

Please be aware that the Associated Press story regarding the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which ran on your front page Oct. 26, contains an error.

The House version of the bill does not prohibit money from the bill to be used for the acquisition of environmentally-sensitive land. It simply specifies two sources of funds for such purchases – money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and/or monies from the Burton-Santini Act.

The AP story is incorrect due to misinformation given in a press release issued by the office of Congressman Jim Gibbons, and because the AP did not check any other source for information on this story.

If you would like additional information, please call me at (775) 588-0382 or Rochelle Nason at the office of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, at (530) 541-5388.

Steve Teshara

Co-chair, Transportation & Water

Quality Coalition

Lake Tahoe

‘Slap in the face’ irks radio personality

To the editor:

I have a bit of a gripe with the staff writer of the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Susan Wood, today, about how she referred to the on-air personnel of AM 590 KTHO as “staffers.” I don’t know where else she has worked, but obviously it was not in radio.

It was hard enough to have gone through the news while I was running the Morning Show from Chris Kidd that we were no longer “on the air,” but to have only been considered a “staffer” by our own local community newspaper is a slap in the face to every DJ, talk show host and news reporter everywhere.

What we do day in and day out is a labor of love. Talent and dedication in reporting to “our community” the latest in news, information, music and well, in the joy of the moment.

Susan, I feel how you have labeled such air personnel as “staffers” a slap in the face to all of us who dedicate ourselves to doing the best possible job we can for people such as yourself. I feel the term used was quite disrespectful to all of us who are and were “on-air personnel.” You have no idea what we as professionals go through each day to report news, information and music, much less our entertaining sides with our community each day.

The pay is not very good, and yet our hearts and minds want to share in our community in the best way we can.

I can only hope, if you are ever laid off in a situation like this, that the media will give you a little more respect and compassion than you gave us in Tuesday’s paper!

By the way, the “staffers” you referred to have names. Starting with “the big guy,” the owner and program director of AM 590 KTHO as well as DJ, is named Chris Kidd. Then there was David Allen, music coordinator, DJ, talk show host and news reporter; Gil Fryer was reporting the news each day, which takes countless hours of prep and edit work; and then there was myself, Donna Flores, AM talk show host, DJ and news reporter. Herein to set the record straight on “the staffers” of AM 590 KTHO on the day the music died.

I am thankful to Chris Kidd for the opportunity, with its hills and valleys, for the very memorable experiences while being an “on-air” personality, and I will sincerely miss our listening “family” I came to know and grow with on AM 590 KTHO for two-and-a-half years.

In closing, I thank all of you who listened and supported AM 590 KTHO and I feel it truly a shame that it has come to this. I feel it a great loss to “our community.”

Donna Flores

South Lake Tahoe

Senior reflects on a lifetime of changes

To the editor:

Who is a senior citizen? What is one?

A senior is one who was here before the pill and the population explosion. We were here before television, penicillin, polio shots, antibiotics and Frisbees. Before frozen food, nylon, Dacron, Xerox, Kinsey, radar, fluorescent lights, credit cards and ball point pens.

For us, time sharing meant togetherness, not computers! A chip meant a piece of wood. Hardware meant hard wear, and software wasn’t even a word. Co-eds never wore slacks. We were before pantyhose and drip-dry clothes, before ice makers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, freezers and electric blankets. Before Hawaii and Alaska became states. The 40-hour week and minimum wages. We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can one be?

Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. We were before Batman, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer and Snoopy. Before DDT, vitamin pills, disposable diapers and pizza, Cheerios, instant coffee, decaffeinated anything and MacDonald’s. Before FM radios, electric typewriters, word processors, Musak and electronic music.

In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was for mowing, Coke was a refreshing drink and pot was something you cooked in.

If we’d been asked to explain CIA, TRPA, MS, NATO, UFO, NFL, JFK, ERA or IUD, we’d have said alphabet soup!

We are today’s senior citizens, a hardy bunch when you think of how our world has changed and of the adjustments we have had to make!

Wouldn’t you agree?

God Bless us Everyone.

Carol Olivas

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