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Editor:
We moved to Alameda in 1973. We reared our children here, Alameda was just what we wanted.  We became involved in the schools and the swim centers. The kids participated in sports and community theater. They graduated from Alameda high schools and all went on to college.

We moved to our current home in 1982, a rundown Victorian and spent a lot of dollars and sweat restoring it to its original beauty.  

In the early 1990s, we decided to rebuild the uninhabitable second unit. It turned out to be a win-win. Tenants loved the charming cottage (and its below-market rent). We gained new friends, and we had a little extra to pay down the home improvement loan.

When we retired, we made the decision to direct that extra money to shared experiences with our grandchildren.

And that brings us to today. When our last tenant moved to be closer to her place of employment, we made the decision not to actively seek another tenant for the cottage, even though we knew it would have an impact on our grandchildren’s adventures.

One of the basic tenets of financial management for seniors on a fixed income is “Do Not Take Financial Risks!” With required relocation costs and just-cause restrictions looming, we had to face the fact that renting the cottage could become a huge financial risk. We recognized the potential overwhelming financial costs related to evicting a problem tenant. 

I am sure there are others like us who will eventually decide that they can’t afford those risks and they will leave the market.

That is when we decided it was time to leave our beloved Alameda.  We sold the house and will leave this Sunday. There is excitement for our new adventures, sadness as we leave behind so many positive memories and good friends, and a degree of bitterness at being driven out.

Goodbye, Alameda. For the most part you’ve been so good to us and we to you

Barbara Rasmussen

Editor:
That was the name of an old cartoon in the syndicated Sunday newspapers when I was growing up many years ago. And, I am quite sure it helped form my sense of right and wrong as a young child. 
But there ought to be a local law or requirement in Alameda that bans the plastic bags that come with our delivered newspaper(s) every morning.  And, yes, we also read several papers that are electronically delivered.

Last year I boxed them all up and sent them back to the publisher of a prominent newspaper, all stuffed back into several of those bags with a note reading, “Dispose of properly!”

I’m not the only one, I’m sure, who realizes that every day these bags are feeding our planet’s fish and polluting our oceans, even though they can be used for kitty-litter disposal and a few other things.

Can Alameda require that all newspapers be delivered with a very reusable and simple rubber band to help stop the insane use of plastic bags? I suggest they be prohibited in Alameda except on the very few rainy mornings when they might serve a useful purpose.Or maybe we can all collect them, bag them up and return them to the newspaper publishers?  

Bravo to the Alameda Sun for doing the right thing: delivering your papers in rubber bands!

 

Mary-Jo Knight

Editor:
Though my daughter has a home in Oakland, for various reasons we do not always stay with her. We particularly enjoy staying in Alameda, and I read your newspaper. It is often filled with interesting information about your community. 

We are grateful this visit because we had an extended stay following hip surgery for my husband. Through the Alameda Sun, we learned about the Fourth of July Parade. We were then delighted to find the Official Parade Program with the order of the march in your paper. 

We were able to watch the parade from our car and the residents of Alameda left an opening for us to watch the entire parade.

Many thanks for the Alameda Sun.

Judy Lackritz San Antonio, Tex.

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