Hear, hear! (or is it here, here?!)Excellent post. Thanks, Dino.
And no, I didn't think you were calling me stupid. Your first response showed far more thoughfulness than that.
My first visit to Tahoe was a trip to buy a glide at a gliderport in Minden, NV. My wife and I fell in love with the place. Which is to say, we also fell in love with whatever it might take to keep it pristine and clean and clear and filling the cool air with those fresh scents of wintergreen.
While there, I bought several books about Tahoe from the Sierra Bookshop (I believe it was called) in South Tahoe that detailed the history and structure of the lake. I wanted to understand it better. What an incredible place!
My "enviro-wacko" label came straight from two friends who live at Tahoe. One in Incline Village who is also a glider pilot. The other owns a home in the Squaw Valley area; I know her from business school. They both are firmly dedicated to preserving the lake and its environs. But they are sometimes frustrated by some of the stronger policies furthered by those whose only stake (again, this is from their perspective) seems to be a political agenda as opposed to what best and balanced for Lake Tahoe.
I could care less what W might or might not do. I think those who live around the lake and those of use who love to play there should take it upon ourselves to be stewards of the land. We here in Alabama generally ignore the Federal government--as you probably well know--and do what we think is best for ourselves and state. W would make a big mistake coming down here with a bunch of policies to govern our water (we work that out with Georgia), air, etc.
And I hear you about drinking the stream water! No, I avoid the cow/pesticide runoff areas. Fortunately, those are becoming fewer and fewer as the cattlemen realize better ways to farm.
Thanks again for your post. I appreciate passion! And I certainly know that we can agree on your list.