Letters to the editor for Dec. 4
I read with interest your editorial (“Geotourism – a hard concept to promote, but worth pursuing,” Nov. 23), as I had read the article by Jonathon Tourtellot in the National Geographic Traveler called “It’s the Lake, Stupid.”
The thing that struck me first was that you gave the score of 60 a grade of “C.” You stated, and I quote: “Lake Tahoe scored 60 out of 100, a solid ‘C.’ “
As a student from elementary through graduate school, plus having a career as an educator, it is shocking to see a newspaper editor giving a 60 grade a “C.” I can’t help but wonder what school system you went to?
Standard grading is: 90 and above is an A; 80 to 89 is a B; 70 to 79 is a C; 60 to 69 is a D; 59 and below is an F. National Geographic gave Lake Tahoe a 60, which is a D, but one tiny step away from an F.
You also left out the heart of the Destination Watch article. I quote: “Tahoe is one of only a few lakes federally designated an Outstanding National Resource. After more than a century as a playground it has lost a little luster. Worse, the lake’s famed clarity has declined from104 feet of transparency in 1968 to 72 in 2005. It’s all led Tahoe stakeholders to rethink – and debate – what their place is all about. It’s the Lake, Stupid!”
Geotourism will not help Tahoe at all – if the lake keeps losing clarity, or if you haven’t got local residents who are committed stewards to the local natural ecosystem, or if you are a basin full of vacation rentals, timeshares, casinos and franchises.
The lake is what Tahoe is all about.
Lois McMillan Maldonado
Editor’s note: The Tribune initially reported that organizers of a Sierra Club meeting had characterized the score of 60 out of 100 as a grade of D; National Geographic’s Jonathan Tourtellot then contacted the paper to say he considered the grade “just below average – a solid C.”
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