Letters to the editor for May 15
May 11, 2008
I am shocked at times with the economic ignorance that some people want to believe. Chris Proctor writes a propaganda piece (letters, May 5), stating that renters should vote for Measure A because “your children can get all the benefits that this measure offers to our school district without any impact on your (renter’s) budget.” In almost any case of property-tax hikes, the landowner will endeavor to pass the growing costs of ownership on to the renter.
Later, he goes on to say in reference to renters, “now is your chance to get something for nothing” as he urges them to vote for Measure A. The fairy tale that has become popular is that there really is a free lunch, and Mr. Proctor appeals to this fallacious rumor in an attempt to persuade individuals into voting for Measure A.
I am not a landlord and receive no compensation from land rents. But I am aware that the costs of taxes are almost always passed on to the purchaser of goods and services – in this case, the renter. The idea that the landlords will just lie down and absorb a tax hike is ludicrous! Let’s not be propagating economic falsehoods in an effort to win favor for or against any issue.
South Lake Tahoe
In spite of the circumstances under which the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has had to operate, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for the job that they do 24/7.
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As a property owner and businessman, it is commendable that the detectives and police officers of our department were able to solve in short order the crimes of burglary and property damage that occurred over a span of a month in March and April. It is too often that the opportunity to say “thanks” is overlooked.
It is difficult enough for some business owners, under normal circumstances, to survive in a very difficult economic environment. And then to have to cope with the interruption in their business operations, not to speak of the unexpected financial burden they must bear, can be the fatal blow to some businesses.
I am confident that the criminal justice system will deal with this case in the appropriate manner to satisfy the victims of these crimes that this behavior will not be tolerated in this community.
John N. Cefalu
South Lake Tahoe
I have been teaching and coaching for 15 years, previously in Douglas County and now in Farmington, N.M. I was the varsity baseball coach at Douglas High School from 1994 to 1999. I worked as an assistant baseball coach at Whittell under Don Amaral in 2002 and 2003. It was with sadness that I read Coach Amaral will not be returning to Whittell as its baseball coach.
The loss of Coach Amaral is truly a loss for the students at Whittell. I learned from Coach Amaral what it means to care for the last player on the bench as much as the star of the team. I learned from Coach Amaral what it means to include entire families in the athletic experience. Whether providing drinks for the daily bus rides down and up the hill for practice, arranging for door decorations when players arrive at motels, or giving scholarships to players who left the Whittell program to go to college, Coach Amaral displayed a level of caring beyond any coach I’ve ever worked with.
One example of the atmosphere created by Coach Amaral remains in my head to this day. After striking out to end the game in the regional final in 2002 and ending Whittell’s hopes of returning to the state tournament, Travis Purdy stood devastated at the plate, Joe Byne came from the dugout to put his arm around Travis and walk him from the field. Very few programs have instilled the feeling of family that Coach Amaral instilled at Whittell.
Coach Amaral, I wish you the best and thank you for lessons learned.
Heights Middle School
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