In response to Nugget Pulls Out of Railyard Development

Real Repercussions

The consequences of this decision will likely result in the end of this town’s long-time dream for quality development in the downtown core. We were so close to achieving the impossible. What an unnecessary tragedy.

~ Kathleen Eagan, Truckee, via Facebook


Suitable Scale

I served on the Planning Commission that originally approved the Railyard Master Plan. At that time, a 17,000 sq. ft. boutique grocer was approved to serve the downtown. We did not approve 40,000 sq. ft. That would draw additional traffic into the congested downtown. That change came later and should be questioned, in my opinion.

~ Kurt Reinkens, Nevada City, via Facebook

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

I am a Kings Beach resident and this winter my hip injury made it hard for me to do snow clearing. With careful supervision by her father, my neighbor, Ellery Zanto, a thoughtful, energetic 8-year-old helped clear my driveway! Thank you, Ellery!

~ Nancy Lambert, via letter

Opposing the Proposed Drinking Water Tax Makes Sense

Access to safe and reliable drinking water varies throughout the state, with some rural and disadvantaged communities facing real challenges. A legislative proposal, called the “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fee” was introduced as a means to address these challenges. Your local public water agencies are committed to providing safe and reliable water, and support the intent of the bill. We understand the severity of the problem and the need for solutions. However, taxing Californians’ drinking water is not the solution.

The legislative proposal is a first-ever statewide water tax that would reduce the affordability of water for local water users, impact families at all income levels, and open the door to future taxes on water customers. Residential and business water customers would be assessed this tax, and the local water purveyor would in turn send the money to Sacramento.

There are other effective solutions and appropriate funding strategies to address this important public health and social issue. Fortunately, a growing coalition of local water agencies across California are pushing back against the proposed tax because it deprives them of local control and unfairly imposes a tax on a basic necessity of life, your drinking water.

~ Tahoe City PUD, North Tahoe PUD, Truckee Donner PUD, South Tahoe PUD, Northstar CSD, Squaw Valley PSD, and Alpine Springs County Water Agency, via letter

In response to Four Listings that Show What $525k Gets You

Well, Duh

Price is based on demand. All this shows is that people are willing to pay more to live in Tahoe than Reno, which you would think is completely common sense. Who wants to live in a mini-Vegas in the desert?

~ John Govette, South Lake Tahoe, via Facebook

But In Fact…

Reno is blown out already. Try a better state.

~ Laura Stollorz Schroeder, via Facebook

In response to All Roads (Hopefully) Lead to Renewable

Fear Not Nuclear

Nuclear [is] the cleanest, safest, most consistent, best value per dollar, and most woefully underfunded. Old fears die hard. New MSR tech is amazing and fail safe.

~ Däve Hähn, via Facebook

Nuclear: Not Carbon Free

While all electrical generation systems have environmental and carbon footprints during and before construction, nuclear plants continue to produce carbon throughout their generating life. Is it cleaner than coal? Many think so. Is it carbon free by any general use of the term? Absolutely not.

~ Mark Smith, Incline Village, via Facebook

In response to the March 8 edition

The Power in Us

(Disclosure: Becky is the mother of Moonshine publisher, Mayumi Elegado.)

The Publisher’s note and the article by Alaina Reichwald reflect profound truths we all need to remember.

Mayumi’s letter reminds us “everything changes” and we have the power to effect that change. But to do so, we need to fight the urge to only be concerned about ourselves and to avoid a sense of powerlessness. Our communities’, country’s and world’s problems can be so overwhelming that it is easier to do nothing.

Alaina’s article gives concrete steps we can take to begin to make the world a better place. She states we are so “often distracted by the intensity of our lives and our endless to-do lists” that we miss opportunities to make the world a better place one person at a time, creating a “wave of positive energy.”

Thank you Moonshine, for shining a light on simple ways to a better future.

~ Becky Kirsch, Pensacola, Florida, via letter

Youth Take the Lead

Our teenagers have grown up online and connected, and now we see that they are not just speaking amongst themselves, but they are speaking for all of us. There is urgency behind their actions and conviction behind their words.

The students of Parkland have made it safe to speak up, and America is listening. We’ve heard words like ‘moral responsibility’ and demands to move from thoughts to real action on behalf of this generation and those to come.

Two issues that are surfacing in youth led movements are common sense gun control and common sense action on climate. By exposing the generational divide on these issues, we see that youth are serious, but they need our help. Enacting tougher gun restrictions can save lives now. Transforming energy and transportation sectors, along with carbon fee and dividend solutions, can save lives tomorrow.

Young people are seeking to reclaim their future. In April, with the anniversary of Columbine and recognition of Earth Day, let there be no mistake: while we all want an America with healthy children, healthy communities, and healthy environments, adults have stalled on action. Rallying with hope and inspiration, youth are taking the lead. Let’s move forward with them.

~ Janet Atkinson, Truckee, via letter