Letters to the editor for Aug. 12
August 6, 2008
Why is it that hikers must continually give up their serenity to the Forest Service’s idea of making “multiuse” (read that as “for mountain bikes”) trails? The current threat is to the Cold Creek trail – a beautiful trail to High Meadow along a bubbly creek with the most glorious mix of aspens and firs in the area. The Cold Creek trail is a very old (1800s) historic trail made by local fishermen and hikers.
Lately, this trail has been abused by mountain bikers. It was not eroded before recently, when more and more mountain bikers began playing on it. Now, the Forest Service says the trail must be “fixed” – which may mean rerouting it so that it is a consistent grade and away from the stream and the aspens. This is not fair! We hikers (and there are many more of us than bikers) are sick and tired of having our trails made into endless boring switchbacks, we are tired of seeing bikers log rides built on the trails, and we are certainly tired of having to get off the trail (interrupting our aerobic stride on the steeper sections) to let the bikers pass.
We have already lost the Christmas Valley trail and the trail from Fountain Place to Armstrong Pass. As there are other trails in the immediate area made specifically for mountain bikes, Cold Creek is the perfect place for a hikers-only trail. Let’s keep the mountain bikes off the Cold Creek trail, and let them have their own trail on the road side of the creek, where there is plenty of room to build a perfect bike trail.
Let the Forest Service know that the Cold Creek trail – a gem in the middle of the populated area off Pioneer Trail – should not be altered except by keeping the bikes off. Enough is enough!
South Lake Tahoe
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I recently wrote a letter to the editor about the speed trap in Meyers, which was published in the July 4-6 edition of the Tribune, stating how the writing of tickets had failed to deter speeders. The very next weekend, the CHP parked a mobile radar box near the bug station in Meyers, and since that day, one can sit by Highway 89 and observe all the brake lights blink on as drivers realize how far over the limit they are driving. The device has remained there now for nearly a month, and unlike the speed trap, it really works!
Thanks to the Tribune for voicing citizens’ concerns, and to the CHP for their immediate and common-sense approach to a serious problem. Hopefully, this radar device will become a permanent fixture during the summer months, both for safety and tourism’s sake.
South Lake Tahoe
This letter is regarding the article “Man shoots, wounds bear near home” in the Tribune on Aug. 4.
The man who shot that bear on Washington Avenue must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It appears he violated several laws on the books:
1. He failed to secure his garbage. Unsecured garbage is as good as bait for a bear. Since he evidently had the means to buy a gun, he should invest some money into an animalproof garbage container.
2. He went looking for the bear with a flashlight and a shotgun after the bear already left. This is called hunting. It is illegal in town. It is illegal without a license. It is illegal this time of the year.
3. He discharged a firearm within city limits. This is also illegal. Everybody knows that.
4. If the bear had destroyed his property, he would have had to obtain a depredation permit from California Fish and Game, and their trappers would have shot the bear. This has been written up in the Tribune over the years so many times that one must be illiterate not to know it.
5. His garbage can full of empty beer cans is not worth the life of a bear. Also, it does not qualify under “property.”
6. By wounding a bear, he created a far greater danger for the residents of our town: A wounded animal is potentially dangerous. And it is a cruelly slow and painful death for one of God’s creatures.
I am a little old lady. I regularly chase our neighborhood bear down the street (sometimes in my robe and pajamas) by yelling, clapping my hands, waving my arms and running at him in an assertive manner. Sure, he stops sometimes and turns around to face me – probably to see if I had maybe gone away already. But I just start up the yelling, clapping, waving and running again, and the bear runs away every time. No gun needed. Nobody gets hurt. My neighbors get a good laugh. If a little old lady can do this, why can’t a man?
South Lake Tahoe
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