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Something is terribly wrong. I run a two-bedroom unit in Alameda. Today, if I were renting it, my whole income would go to rent leaving $84 for food, utilities, car insurance, etc. Also I never thought I would ever live in a house that cost $1 million. Now I can see why people who work have to live in their cars. Three units on my block the same as mine each rent for $4,500 per month. 

When I moved here in 1998 I paid $300,000 for my home. Today, I could not afford to buy my house at almost $1 million. I talked to one of the renters next door. He told me his employer pays his rent. He said he is an engineer that he owes so much money for his education, he will never be able to buy property. He also said that when he was growing up he and his mother were homeless for two years.

What kind of a country has America become with millions of people — including veterans —living in cardboard boxes on the street? Millions have no medical coverage or care and no pensions. College tuition is prohibitive. 

Now really, I ask you, has this country gone crazy or what? 


Elizabeth Prosser

So apparently the City Councilmembers who broke the law by pressuring the City Manager on the Fire Chief hire, thus causing the city to pay out $1 million, are now asking the city to cover their legal bills?!

This is classic chutzpah. You know, where the guy who axe murdered his parents throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan? They caused the problem and are now expecting us to pay for it?

These people should resign from the City Council. Furthermore, the mayor should be demanding that they resign. But that’s not going to happen.


Russ Button

The Mueller Report is a fascinating read. The investigation documented that contacts with Russia that had been uncovered by American journalists were not “fake news.” It also uncovered additional contacts that cause me to lose sleep at night. For example, the Campaign provided internal polling data to Russians, with information on battleground states, (v. I, pp. 129, 140). This may have enabled Russia to target its well-documented social media campaign, swinging those states for President Trump.

The report states, “Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations... The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels (v. II, p. 157).” The details of these obstructive acts make the report a real page turner.

The report states, “[O]bstruction of a criminal investigation is punishable even if… the investigation ultimately reveals no underlying crime’… the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference. But the evidence does point to a range of other possible personal motives animating the President’s conduct. These include concerns that continued investigation would call into question the legitimacy of his election and potential uncertainty about whether certain events… could be seen as criminal activity by the President, his campaign, or his family” (v. II, p. 157). 

This may explain why the President fought so hard to quash an independent investigation into an ongoing threat to the future of our democracy — foreign government interference in a U.S. presidential election.

I urge Alameda Sun readers to read or listen to The Mueller Report and decide for themselves whether the report should be used as a starting point for an impeachment inquiry by the House Judiciary Committee. Join the Mueller Book Club to become a part of a community of thousands who are all reading the report at https://muellerbookclub.com.


Betsy Mathieson