Letters to the Editor
“...this is a heartless, soulless petition that now — if Alamedans do nothing — will come before the voters in a very expensive waste of time and your money.” (Editor’s note, Dec. 27, 2018)
I own a modest property on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove, right across the street from the proposed “dreaded” homeless facility. I’ve been dismayed at the outpouring of self-righteous rage aimed at our community’s less fortunate. How have the outraged become so inured, self-congratulatory, callous and judgmental? Are they so out of touch with the lives of other human beings? Moreover, so ignorant of how things are for huge numbers of people in our current world?
To those I say, lift your gaze slightly higher than your navel and notice the real issues all around you that could do with your attention (and, perhaps, your focused outrage).
For example, the state of your nation’s politics might be a good place to start. Or how our environmental, social, cultural and pathetically inadequate medical protections are ripped apart while you organize to keep other humans from basic, humane care.
Healthy communities need involved and active members and I applaud all those who step up to do this important work. But at a time when our nation is riven by ugly rhetoric and action, it behooves community members to examine his or her deeply held values and, if necessary, modify them. Try to come down on the side of people — all people — including the homeless, the sick, the young, the elderly and the migrant.
Look around. We live in a beautiful world that is in dire need of effective nurturing. Thank your luck for your well-heeled status, then work on your compassion for human beings beyond your small self-important ecosystem.
Who knows, something miraculous might happen. You could discover being humane is a challenging and wonderful complexity beyond your current imagination.
While I always enjoy reading the Alameda Sun, I enjoy receiving it more. I like to sit on my front porch in the mornings for that first cup of coffee and cigarette (I know it’s not the correct thing to do).
The newspaper delivery man always stops to smile, say, “Hello” and make sure the paper makes it up to the porch near my feet. What a great way to start the day. He does a great job representing the paper.
It is my understanding that the Alameda City Council is considering rescinding the cigarette and tobacco products license of High Street Market located at 1505 High St. The Changs do not sell tobacco products to schoolchildren or to any underage minors. They have been in business at the High Street location for 35 years (32 years as Bonfare) with no violations.
The lack of a cigarette and tobacco license would cut into their profit by approximately 25 percent. Furthermore, people buy many other items when they come in to buy tobacco items. The Changs estimate the overall loss of business would be 35 to 40 percent. Such a loss of revenue would cause them to ultimately close the store.
High Street Market has served the community admirably through the years. It is the only quick stop convenience store on High Street from the bridge all the way through Bay Farm Island. It is open until 11 p.m., making it convenient for much needed items and over the counter medicine.
Please do not rescind their cigarette and tobacco products license. Thank you.