Re "Regional pact, however imperfect, is best chance to keep Tahoe blue" (Editorials, Aug. 25): First, we'd like to point out that we found your editorial thoughtful, caring, thorough, balanced and mostly accurate. It argues for folks to give the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's new Regional Plan Update a chance. And it correctly points out that the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore have sued to overturn the plan because they believe it will codify massive resort development at the expense of the environment and local economy.
The weakness of the editorial is that it suggests the plan is balanced when it isn't. Instead, once launched, it is a 20-year blueprint for disaster. With the exception of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, which is no longer part of the environmental community, all the rest of us agree. The plan unleashes the very forces that led to the need for a regional planning agency in the first place.
-- Roger Patching, Elk Grove, president Friends of Lake Tahoe