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Meeting moths

According to Nancy Kerry, South Lake Tahoe city manager, the meeting moths are still around. Kerry says the moths are called the South Shore Round Table Group. Kerry says they are leaders who have fashioned a list of legacy principles for the south shore. The first principle listed is “collaborative leadership,” a warning that the other principles are stale thin verbiage, recited again by retreads who speak roundabout language, Jabberwocky, out of Alice in Wonderland.

After reading Jabberwocky, Alice said: “It seems very pretty … but it’s rather hard to understand … it seems to fill my head with ideas, only I don’t know what they are.”

So, what do such open-ended slogans as gratefulness, environmental integrity, shared experience, culture/recreation, and bold innovations mean? Take a guess. Fill in the blanks. The list is blather, empty of clear ideas and the leaders can’t think clearly and are incapable incisive and political regeneration. You can’t lead by debasing the English language, by reducing thought to slogans. It’s a disease. Ms. Kerry and the group have caught it.

Bill Crawford

South Lake Tahoe

Animals everywhere

At this writing, I am on vacation in our beautiful Lake Tahoe, the place where everyone loves to go to. But a few days ago I went to Bodie, the ghost town, and saw a different kind of ground squirrel there than the kind in Tahoe.

I asked the lady ranger there and she said those are called “beldings ground squirrels.”

beldings look more like prairie dogs than ground squirrels. They are friendly and will come right up to you (and they did). But, do not feed them, as they are wild animals. Also during my trip there (about 150 miles from Tahoe), I saw lots of birds. I saw ravens, ravens, swallows, blackbirds and red-tailed hawks flying over. You don’t see goshawks in that area though, they are mostly mountain hawks.

A few days later, on my way to Reno on 395, I saw a dead sparrow hawk (kestral) on the side of the road. I think a car hit it as it chased some small game, poor thing. Anyway, as I continued down 395, a mothet and father goose and four baby goslings tried to cross the freeway. they turned back at the last second though and ran for cover, which was a good decision. I said to myself, “mother and father goose, right on! You saved your babies.”

On the way back from Reno on a backroad, I saw four large mule deer doe crossing the road very peacefully in front of me. One-by-one, they all jumped the fence to cross the road. I said to myself, “go in peace, you potential moms of future fawns.” I went on my way back to where it rocks … Lake Tahoe!

Theodore R. Harris III

South Lake Tahoe

Can’t get my medicine

I’m a violent sex crime victim suffering now decades later with PTSD. A lot of people who went through my experience are dead now because they commit suicide or develop illnesses one develops from a continuous onslaught on the nervous system, I know from my blog and from the crime victim recovery group in which I participate.

I was lucky enough to discover in 1995 when I lived in San Francisco that marijuana went directly to the part of the brain and body affected by my PTSD and relieved it. So I worked hard to get the law changed and expect law enforcement to be there protecting me and supporting me.

But with the closure of Tahoe Wellness Center Monday and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department seizing all the medication, I now no longer have safe and legal access to my medication.

Oh, I can go to any of the illegal sources I’ve already found in less than six months living in Tahoe, they even charge less, but I’m a law-abiding citizen, and prefer to know where my medicine is coming from, prefer to get the strain that works best on my symptoms, and prefer that the money I spend each month is not going to some kind of criminal enterprise.

Which makes me wonder, what could be the motivation for the sheriff to close down a medical marijuana dispensary that has been open for six years without issues? Where did the medicine go?

The thing I loved the most when marijuana first became legal in 1995 in San Francisco was that SFPD stood outside the dispensaries to protect us. For a sheriff to seize medical marijuana and make it unavailable to sick people is so troglodyte that I’m surprised to see it happen anywhere in California, but especially in South Lake Tahoe.

Some veterans organizations are working to get medical marijuana covered as a treatment for PTSD, people like me need that medicine or we have triggers, we have horrible physical problems.

How dare El Dorado County interfere with my medical treatment in this way.

Kay Ebeling

South Lake Tahoe


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