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Letters to the editor for Nov. 19

Even though dawn began with blowing snow and miserable cold rain, all the known 500 veteran graves in our only operational cemetery at South Lake Tahoe were marked with flags in short order.

Participants were primarily the students, parents and teachers from St. Theresa School, the locally based California Conservation Corps and Friends of South Lake Tahoe Veterans. The latter group is unaffiliated (and unfunded) with any specific veterans group or any political office or organization. The Stella Van Dyke Post of the American Legion graciously provided the flags.

Happy Homestead Cemetery remains one of the most beautiful, serene and exemplary managed institutions of final repose in Northern California. Management and staff really rate a continuing pat on the back. We’re going to miss Leon Schindell, the retiring superintendent, after 34 years of dedicated service to our community.



St. Theresa School is deeply involved in researching and providing assistance to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are involved in our nation’s conflicts and are serving all over the world. By observing our national customs and traditions of supporting and showing appreciation for unselfish, dedicated military service, they are learning firsthand the lessons and responsibilities of citizenship. Each of the school’s teachers and students and the very involved parents deserve many thanks from the rest of us.

The CCC volunteers really were faced with a difficult and challenging effort on that day of rest. They were tasked with locating and marking with flags the final resting places or memorials of more than 100 of our veterans who do not have government markers for their graves. The Friends of South Lake Tahoe Veterans performed their tasks quickly and without difficulties, even though some were a bit hampered with the aches and pains of aging or service-connected disabilities. Each member of these two groups served as a shining example to all the others.



It was a cold day, but the dedication of the few resulted in a warm and heartfelt patriotic display of appreciation for our own. We can all be very proud of this unheralded and virtually unrecognized event that occurred in our midst. To each participant, we say thank you.

Doc League

representing Friends of South Lake Tahoe Veterans

I have been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for 15 years and a skater for about 13. I remember when they were planning to build the first skate park and they were asking for donations. Some friends and I went door-to-door for a week asking for donations. Practically everyone we encountered was very supportive in what we were doing.

I don’t understand why it’s not the same now. With the popularity of skateboarding in our town increasing, we have run out of room at our local park. It’s just way too small! Why an ice rink or a bocce ball court? We have a ice arena, and you can play bocce ball just about anywhere. So why a designated court? Go play in the grass.

An indoor park, in my opinion, is greatly needed with the rise of our sport. It will provide skaters or even kids who want to learn how to skate with a controlled environment that they can have fun in. We don’t go ride public places to purposely damage property, we just need new things to skate! This park will provide that. Who knows – we could have a future pro skateboarder. Support, that’s all we ask for!

Josh Sughroue

South Lake Tahoe


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