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Longtime Gas Price-Fixing; Not so Distant

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In Support of Rate Increases, But Only for Undergrounding

After experiencing the worst deadly fires in California’s history, the California Public Utilities Commission and Liberty Utilities need to strongly consider a rate increase which sets aside a percentage of the price per KWh for undergrounding. I am aware that a certain percentage of revenue is already allocated for undergrounding, however, there is not enough current funding available. Why does the common statement of “It’s not feasible to underground” only apply to power lines? I’ll believe it when I start seeing fiber, gas, water, sewer, and storm lines strung from pole to pole. How much are 84 lives lost, and thousands of homes burned, worth just from one fire?

~ Jim Sajdak, Tahoe City, via letter

In response to Why are Gas Prices so High; Are Impact Fees Curbing Development?

Longtime Gas Price-Fixing

It’s called price-fixing by all the purveyors in the North Tahoe Truckee area. It has been going on for many years and will continue until someone has the cajones to do something about it! I tried once and got fired for my efforts. Those gas station guys are tight as thieves ...

~ Bubbleossa, West Shore, via website

In response to Shutting Down Public Lands to Appease a Distant Minority is a Divisive Strategy

Not so Distant

Dennis Troy tries to brand the Snowlands Network and Winter Wildlands Alliance as “distant” outside agitators taking rights away from snowmobilers. He is wrong. These organizations represent your neighbors. It is impossible to enjoy the wilderness on skis with the noise, pollution, and danger of collision from snowmobiles. Snowmobiles need to be separated from skiers. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement Preferred Alternative is a sensible approach to this problem and should be adopted in spite of the protests of the special interest Snowmobile Foundation. It would also help their cause if snowmobilers did not flagrantly violate closed areas. An example is the Burton Creek State Park which is a small area reserved for skiers but which is constantly invaded by snowmobiles. The newly opened bike trail from the Highlands had snow for less than a day before it was overrun with snowmobiles. (Snowmobiles are prohibited in this area by Placer County Ordinance, Burton Creek State Park regulations, and Tahoe Conservancy rules.)

~ Msphor, Tahoe City, via Facebook

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March 14, 2019