Letters to the editor for Feb. 22 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for Feb. 22

This letter is in reference to the letter written by Tom Fay to Warren Kessler dated Feb. 11.

I have been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for more than 40 years. Mr. Kessler is not a minority in his thinking. Most of us “old-timers” are just tired of wasting our breath, as it seems to fall upon deaf ears.

By the way, Mr. Fay, I remember you from many years ago. One of your fellow snowplow drivers lived on our street, and we reaped the benefits of his hard work and strong work ethic. Our street was always plowed appropriately and meticulously, never a berm. This fine example of due diligence proves that it can be done.

In recent years, there have been inconsistent berms ranging from 2 to 4 feet of snow. The plow drivers never fail in bringing the snow from Glenwood Drive onto our street, and inevitably onto our driveways, and those of our neighbors. It is lazy, irresponsible and totally unnecessary.

No one said it was easy to be a plow driver, but I have seen the job done with consideration and responsibility in the past and wonder why now the drivers lack better judgment. A driver may come up and down our street up to eight times in one day, plowing over snow that has already been plowed. I fail to understand what this achieves.

I would now like to extend a big “thanks” to Mr. Fay for reminding me to question this absurdity.

When my street was plowed with consideration, because the plow driver lived there and understood the importance of a clean and correctly plowed street, I never complained, either. If Misty Reed and the others, who are benefiting from a street with no berms, would like to bring their shovels and ice picks over to our street to help break down my berms and those of my neighbors both young and elderly, I invite you to do so.

Hope Schramm

South Lake Tahoe

I will not be “getting behind the proposed LTUSD bond” (Tribune editorial, Feb. 20) this June. I find this follow-up bond proposal to the failed Measure L offensive. Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s bond proposal comes at a time when our economy is on the verge of recession, when state and local government budgets are being cut, and amid a continued emigration of locals to Nevada.

I love living and working in this community, but I understand why so many longtime locals have chosen to move their families into more affordable areas. The taxpayers of this community cannot continually be expected to carry the shortfalls and mishandlings of our schools’ budgets to which we already contribute. Just because the median assessed property value in Tahoe happens to be $188,770 does not exclude many locals from paying significantly more than $50 per year toward this bond, nor does it take into account that many locals can barely afford to live here as it is.

As a property-tax payer, I am very concerned about having this bond forced down our throats by voters and parents not currently contributing to the property-tax base. The Band-Aid approach proposed by LTUSD does not stop the bleed-out of students and families from this community, nor will it ensure a better education for those that remain. Involved parents and improvements upon current school budget handling will make a much larger educational impact than a $12 million Green Academy ever will.

Let’s keep our kids the priority by not forcing more families off the hill with another tax hike.

Matthew Underhill

South Lake Tahoe

Well, I suspect everyone has received their glossy copy of the “Shorelines” newsletter extolling the ventures of the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency. What first caught my attention was their insistence that it is not anything like redevelopment at the state line, aka the hole in the ground. It appears that they have discovered a printing press for money somewhere in the basin, as they insist that it will not cost anyone a penny – what a deal!

Why am I suspicious? No one can argue the fact that there is a lot of work that needs to be done in our town to bring it up to acceptable standards. A great deal of our housing was built in the past with little or no building standards. But why would anyone trust the local government to carry out such a task given their track record? Yes, my property is right in the middle of the proposed improvement area – that is what has me worried.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town when their community meeting will be held. I think a lot could have been done in the past if local regulations had been a little less strict and building permits had been a little less expensive. The new cost increase on sewer connections is a good example of impeding property improvements. I think a lot of progress could be made on property improvement if the city would just get out of the way. Just think of the improvements that could be done with the $5 million or so in cost overruns that will have to be spent at the state line hole in the ground.

David DeWitt

South Lake Tahoe

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