Letters to the editor for Feb. 18
For the past several days, I’ve sat at Renown Hospital praying for my brother (shooting victim Eric Domingo), and the thing that bothers me the most is that this incident was absolutely preventable.
The misuse of guns kills and seriously hurts innocent people every day, so I now know how the families of those people feel. I’m not writing this for my brother; I’m writing this for the people that think carrying a gun makes them tough or look cool. I’m pro-gun myself, but there is a time and a place to have them. I am so confused when I see things like what happened to my brother happen to other people. Accidents happen every day, but when the accident is preventable, it makes me sick.
So to all the people out there who think carrying a firearm makes you look cool: Just think about all the consequences that can come along with it.
I was delighted to get a mailer from the local redevelopment agency regarding the proposed redevelopment at the “Y.” After spending what must amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars, the city is finally involving the public in the process. As you read the mailer, keep in mind the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency’s continued existence requires redevelopment to occur ” so they are not exactly an impartial party.
For example, they state “redevelopment does not change taxes,” which is not true. Any redeveloped property will see a substantial increase in taxes. They also suggest they can upgrade the fire protection and water system in the Lukins area, again a very far-fetched idea. There is no such thing as a free lunch ” and at the public meeting, I will demonstrate why that proposal simply won’t fly.
I am happy to hear city officials “are recommending that there be no eminent domain authority on any property.” However, a recommendation does not hold up in eminent domain court. Keep in mind, once a redevelopment area is created, it will stay in place for 30 years or more ” plenty of time for a future city council to change its mind on that “recommendation.”
Redevelopment is a complicated process, and our community needs to understand all the implications. The Redevelopment Agency will give you all the “pros”; to get the other side of the story, I suggest everyone read “Redevelopment: The Unknown Government,” which can easily be found on the Internet at http://www.redevelopment.com.
Most importantly, attend the public meeting Feb. 22, get informed and get involved. We need to revitalize our community, but not by selling our souls to huge corporations who take profits off the hill. Those corporations surely don’t give a rat’s backside about our town ” or the people that live and breathe here. See you all at the meeting, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the airport.
South Lake Tahoe
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