In response to On Your Left

Bikers Need to be Heard

I enjoyed reading the article about bike safety that discussed issues for bikers, motorists, and pedestrians. Everyone who uses the roads and trails should read it. As a senior pedestrian who has hearing issues, I would like to make a suggestion to bikers to make the trails safer for pedestrians. In the Rules of the Road pamphlet in Illinois, bikers learn to call out “on your left” to pedestrians and horseback riders. Some bike riders use a horn or bell. For people with hearing loss, families, or dog walkers, this gives them time to get out of a biker’s way. Bikers need to remember that their bicycles are quiet and sometimes cannot be heard. I hope this suggestion helps everyone be safer on the trails.

~ Jim Swan, Incline Village, via letter


In Response to The Wait List

The War on Workers

As part of the affordable housing problem, why aren’t we also discussing the multi-decade “war on workers,” and the fact that median and below inflation-adjusted wages have been flat for decades?

Please read For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades,…/for-most-us-workers-real…/

~ Tom Cal, via Facebook

Garbage, Garbage Everywhere …

This past summer we experienced one of the biggest tourist seasons in recent memory, and I found myself cleaning up hundreds of pounds of trash and getting increasingly frustrated. So much so that it prompted me to start speaking with other residents and eventually form a Facebook page, Truckee Tahoe Litter Group. What I quickly discovered is that I am not alone, and many share the same frustrations and downright anger! The group grew from four members to over 800 in less than 10 days and continues to increase daily.

What I also have discovered is that the issue is complex. Overlapping jurisdictions makes it hard to know who manages refuse in an area, or to have a consistent plan in place. Plus, infrastructure isn’t keeping sync with the growing influx of visitors.

While it is easy, and in some cases perhaps accurate, to blame the litter on tourism, the onus is also on locals and local businesses to take action. We’ve all seen overflowing trash bins in Kings Beach or downtown Truckee. Please consider joining the Facebook page as it’s quickly proven to be a hub where we can share ideas and there is power in numbers. We have already seen positive action in a few local areas and I expect this to continue.

~ Court Leve, Truckee, via letter

Tower Issues

My neighbor right behind me is applying to the town to put in a 92-foot monopine cell tower. My house will be 850 feet from the tower. My neighbor stands to make thousands of dollars on a lease contract for allowing the cell tower to be put in his yard. I’m talking upwards of $45,000 per year in perpetuity. I live in Buckhorn Ridge. And have had a home here for 20 years.

Did you know that the FCC passed legislation to allow cell towers basically anywhere? American citizens cannot argue that they are unhealthy due to legislation passed 20 years ago. Towns supposedly cannot deny the towers based on health reasons as the FCC conveniently decided that they are not harmful for people to live near.

This tower will be visible from nearly every room in my house, so I have no doubt it will lower my property value. I am convinced after much research that this tower will also harm people, animals, and maybe even trees in the neighborhood.

~ Beth Cushman, Truckee, via letter


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