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Letters to the editor for Nov. 5

On July 13, 2006, my home in Tahoe Keys was destroyed by a fire that awakened me and my loved ones from sleep at 4 a.m. I was depressed for many months, and even now I remain haunted knowing that a few more minutes of undetected flames could have taken the life of a little girl immensely precious to me.

Getting approval of new-home plans in Tahoe is a notoriously daunting task. I presumed TRPA was destined to nail me hard, since my lot is so visible from the lake. But several months ago and more than a year after the fire, David Landry, a senior planner at TRPA, called to tell me that I didn’t have to wait the better part of a second year to start rebuilding. He said that because I was a fire victim, he was going to expedite the TRPA approval process. He approved my plans one week later. I am still in shock! (If David and I were of another persuasion, I would propose marriage to him.) Similar plan-expediting was also kindly granted to me by others at TRPA, as well as the South Lake Tahoe Building Department and Tahoe Keys). I have been further impressed by witnessing TRPA staff also “cutting slack” to others dealing with nonfire-related issues.

I have never had a personal run-in with TRPA, but in past years I have written numerous letters to politicians strongly criticizing TRPA for its apparent lack of compassion. Thus I would now be a hypocrite of the highest order if I didn’t openly share that I owe much of my mental peacefulness to TRPA’s genuine efforts toward deserving a second chance with public opinion.

Sean Degnan

South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe-area schools should not bemoan the loss of their football teams. Football is a sport with a high incidence of injuries to vital joints during the developmental stage. Also, it encourages unhealthy weight gain in many of the players. (Bigger hits harder equals more injuries.) It also is expensive to maintain with the equipment and travel involved.

If the majority of the kids in the community prefer to play soccer, go with it – build up strong men’s AND women’s teams. Soccer is building status to become a major varsity sport in the future. Not to mention that overall, soccer athletes are aerobically fitter and do not encourage unnecessary weight gain.

Dale Roberts

South Lake Tahoe

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