Tone deaf solicitation

It strikes me as tone-deaf for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) to be soliciting so much money for a firefighters’ memorial right now (“Help Fund New AFD Memorial,” Aug. 2). People displaced by wildfires need help getting back on their feet, and $200,000 of public donations would be far better spent helping them than constructing an elaborate and expensive memorial. Firefighters deserve our thanks and respect, but a more modest memorial would not be out of line. 

In the aftermath of the firefighters’ union involvement in the $1 million matter involving former City Manager Jill Keimach, I would rather not hear anything from AFD or the union for quite some time, much less a request for money.


Christine Kotowski