Letters to the editor for Feb. 27
An open letter to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board:
The board wants to increase property taxes with a bond issue ” are there provisions for exemptions for seniors and retired people? No. Your bonds will not stand a chance. Furthermore, most full-time residents will pay much more than the article in the paper suggests; property assessments are several times what was listed for most of the people I know in this school district.
If you are wanting public support, you better have a better reason than the projects listed in the paper. These are not priority issues. I don’t have any students in the school system, but people I hear from who do have major concerns with other issues, such as school safety, gang problems, poor discipline and bullying of students.
Clean up these problems before you ask the taxpayers for more money. The economy is bad in this state and will get worse, and this tax increase is for the wrong reasons and at the wrong time.
South Lake Tahoe
In regards to Lee Griffin’s letter to the editor (“Frequent problems with mail delivery,” Feb. 19): Mr. Griffin, please! As I, too, had carrier duty with a helicopter squadron during the Vietnam era, I can testify to the competent mail service at the time as well. However, I must take issue with your view about our local mail service.
Our carrier, Mark, is a blessing to this neighborhood. He is efficient, prompt, accurate and very helpful. Over the years, he has often gone out of his way to make our lives easier. He spends half a year baking away all day in that noisy, smoky little vehicle that’s barely a scooter with a roof. The other half, he’s trying to stay warm and dry during our winter storms … he still shows up. Add to that the mind-numbing amount of mail handled by these able folks, and it certainly allows for a little understanding and patience on the rare occasion when we have to pass a piece of mail to a neighbor. And tell me, Mr. Griffin, do you fly your airliner’s planes in snow or windstorms?
South Lake Tahoe
As a daily reader of the Tribune, a frequent visitor to Lake Tahoe and a resident of a metropolitan area that has a mandatory fire-sprinkler requirement, the proposed fire-sprinkler ordinance in Douglas County should be a no-brainer.
The bylaw should require sprinklers in all new homes, duplexes, townhomes, multifamily buildings, commercial buildings, attached garages, under-building garages and detached garages larger then two cars. All residential properties that
are more then one story should be retrofitted with a three- to five-year timeline.
The installation of sprinklers in Vancouver, British Columbia, has saved countless lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.
The possibility of a sprinkler-equipped property starting a devastating forest fire would be virtually eliminated, and the reduced insurance cost would help offset the cost of installation. Here in Vancouver, it costs approximately $1,800 for a two-story, 2,400-square-foot home and $1,000 per unit for a condo/apartment building.
Amex Broadway West Realty
Vancouver, British Columbia
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