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Alameda Community:
I have lived in Alameda for 25 years, and am a 19-year veteran teacher who has served at Lincoln Middle and Encinal High schools. My son is a student at Encinal. 

I am proud to tell you that the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) honored me as the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, and that Alameda County followed suit. The United Nations also tapped me as its 2017-18 Global Citizen of the Year. 

I am respectfully responding to three letters recently published in the Alameda Sun regarding the potential consolidation of Alameda and Encinal high schools.  (“Merging high schools a bad idea,” July 26; “Merging schools adds to congestion,” Aug. 2; “Don’t let the kids lose out,” Aug. 2).

While I respect their opinions, I urge the letter writers and the entire community to avoid jumping to conclusions until they have all the facts. In the coming months, AUSD personnel and teachers will be conducting public forums so that we can provide factual information in order to make educated decisions for all the students AUSD serves. 

There are many positive reasons to consider consolidation that are too lengthy to outline in a simple letter to the editor. I highly encourage everyone to be a part of the public discourse. I look forward to working with the entire community collaboratively to address the needs of our kids. These could begin with the merger of the two high schools. Be a part of the 
conversation.

 

Kevin Gorham

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

 

Editor:
Call me a fool for civility and sunshine but Dennis Evanosky’s story (“Newspaper 101,” Aug. 9) reasserting the ground rules for civility along with the California News Publishers Association (CNPA) editorial on transparency in government (“A Message from the CNPA,” Aug. 9) signaled a re-commitment to ethical standards in journalism nearly lost over the past 10 years or so. 

The Alameda Sun has joined  the Silicon Valley social media giants who, in their blocking of an incendiary extremist radio shock-jock, have recognized that the First Amendment does not protect defamatory speech nor incitements to violence. The media — most critically print journalism — has a role to play in pulling this nation — and our city — back from the brink of unraveling. The Sun had stepped into the stream of history and joined other “journalistic-media” institutions reclaiming a unique strength, mission and integrity as the fourth wing of democratic government. 

I cannot thank the Sun enough for the courage it takes. I believe the Sun is on its way to greater readership and respect. Again, we may disagree on the issues, but we agree to a safe space for conversation. 

The Sun is like our community campfire around which sits the whole of our irascible Alameda tribe. Civility says we can all speak to our concerns, but not at the expense of another. 
Thank you.

 

Gabrielle “Gaby” Dolphin

Editor:
While anti-Asian sentiments have existed since the founding days of this island city, the rhetoric used during the last presidential election campaign has emboldened those holding these views and has escalated into verbal attacks singling out our elected officials of Asian ancestry with greater viciousness.

The Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County is deeply concerned about the most recent verbal attacks on current and former elected officials of Asian descent in person, in letters to the editor and on social media like Nextdoor. 

The caucus believes that all those who are elected to office should be aware of and sensitive to the diverse Asian ethnic groups who now comprise more than 32 percent of the county’s and this city’s population.

Those who disagree with positions that Assm. Rob Bonta and Vice Mayor Malia Vella may have taken are within their rights to voice their opposition. But we must condemn the actions of those who make outright false claims and language that dehumanizes the person being attacked.  

While we may not always agree with every decision a politician makes, we need to maintain our respect for the human being behind that decision. It is time to bring more light and less heat into our public discourse and resist the temptation to use stereotypes and racist assumptions to inform our decisions.

 

Serena Chen, President Asian American Pacific Democratic Caucus of Alameda County

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