Editorial

A pair of recent lettters in the Alameda Sun from Len Peters at first castigated ("An open letter to AMP," July 30) and then congratulated ("A great response," Aug. 13) Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) for changing a lightbulb. Peters’ letters were reminiscent of the plethora of "change-a-lightbulb" riddles littering the mindscape and cyberspace.

For example: "How many Chicago School Economists does it take to change a lightbulb?"

Answer: "None. If the lightbulb needed changing the free market would have already done it."

Recent discourse concerning
Alameda’s least tern colony ("Policies Differ on Protecting Terns," July 2; "Comparing notes on least tern colonies," Aug. 13) is intriguing for several reasons.

The Navy has never been too cozy with nature. As recently as 2011, Navy sonar experiments in the Pacific Ocean were damaging the hearing of whales and the echo-location faculties of dolphins — yet Naval Air Station Alameda, to its credit, sheltered least terns almost since its inception in 1940.

In March I was pulled over in Alameda and ticketed for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I fought my ticket and won. Here’s what I learned during that process:

A recent letter to the editor called the current letter-writing campaign supporting a new Harbor Bay Club propaganda. I can’t think of a better name for what’s going on.

Here’s a reality check.

Thirty-five years ago I came to work in Alameda to serve as project director for the Harbor Bay Business Park, a commercial development that was conceived as an integral part of the Harbor Bay Isle community. We moved here a little later. The signature concept of this remarkable real estate undertaking was expressed and widely publicized as "Harbor Bay: A place to live, a place to work and a place to play."

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