Los Angeles Times

Eager to get off the mountain


Re “Snowy mountains are a fleeting beauty,” Opinion, Feb. 28

I moved from Los Angeles to Lake Arrowhead 10 years ago, planning to stay for five or six years at the most. Like many city dwellers, I thought living in a small town in the mountains would be charming. Three years ago, the pandemic upended my plans to leave.

Ten years now feel like 100. The storms that have devastated this community have revealed the dangers of having no proper infrastruc­ture or resources to handle an emergency like this. Our pathetic Caltrans snow plow equipment is overwhelme­d.

The residents in this community don’t like “government interferen­ce.” This is a Trump stronghold. Need I say more? Overt racism is rampant in these mountain communitie­s; kids at the local high school have flown Confederat­e flags.

Now, these same antigovern­ment types are desperate for county and state services after this monster storm. They hate “big government” until they need help.

We will be slapping a “for sale” sign on our house as soon as the snow is gone.

Michele Greene Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Yes, the view from Los Angeles of snow-covered mountains is beautiful, as Tony Barboza writes. But for us who live here and have been trapped in our homes, it is a frightenin­g emergency.

The snow has covered all light from my windows. I am 71 and healthy, but people are going to die up here.

Chris Van Patten-Bench Twin Peaks, Calif.

I grew up in Pasadena. Our stunning mountains to the north have never been “dull,” as Barboza says they appear for much of the year.

In fact, their rich history includes the Mt. Lowe Railway, the Mt. Wilson Observator­y and the cabins in Santa Anita Canyon. Additional­ly, countless waterfalls, amazing trails and stunning vistas are at every turn.

I suggest that if writers at The Times think our mountains are dull, they get out from behind their desks and experience the magnificen­ce in person.

Todd Hays Pasadena

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