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Your report in the Health Matters section (“Coast Guard Alameda to Play Crucial Role in Vaccine Rollout,” Dec. 17) about DOD’s plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine from the “other” island in Alameda, that is — Coast Guard Island — was informative and timely. The 67-acre man-made landmass in the Oakland Estuary was formed in 1913 from fill removed while dredging the Tidal Canal to extend the Estuary to San Leandro Bay, then the Coast Guard arrived on the island in 1926.

Although the article and photo caption referred to its original name of Government Island, it received an official name change to Coast Guard Island on June 1, 1982. The U.S. Coast Guard, those assigned to duty on Coast Guard Island, and the Coast Guard families who live, work and attend school in Alameda, have been an important contributor to Alameda’s history, economy and diversity for almost 100 years.

Keep up the good reporting

Matt Bliven, Sun Subscriber and Captain, USCG (retired

Editor’s note: We appreciate the correction.

Jackson Park.
They’re gonna rename it.
I never thought about its name
before,
about how Jackson,
Andrew Jackson,
was one of the main people
responsible for
the Trail of Tears.
I guess that’s because
American History
was whitewashed,
literally white washed,
when they taught us about it.
So much we didn’t know.
So much we are learning now.
So much to ponder;
so much to re-assess.
I’m really glad
they’re gonna rename it.
It’s the park where my son, Max,
learned to ride a bike
when he was five,
rickety at first but wearing that
proud smile
as he got steadier on those
paved park paths.
It’s the park where Max and our
friend Vera and I
played two-square
because we didn’t
have space at our apartment.
It’s the park my mom
lived across the street from
when she moved up from
Southern Cal to be near us.
It’s the park where
Art in the Park happened.
It’s a beautiful park
and I want it to have
a beautiful name,
a name that makes us proud,
makes us smile.
I’m really happy they’re gonna
rename it.

Cathy Dana

Editor:
What do you do with the waste?

Remember that incessant harangue from the nattering nabobs of nuclear negativism? The truth is, spent fuel from nuclear plants is useful stuff — 95% can be reprocessed as fuel. If the nuclear industry or the Department of Energy had put a modicum of effort into educating the American people, we wouldn’t have such national hysteria about what is in fact a hazard that can be safely handled as is done with many other hazards in modern industry.

But when it comes to solar panels and windmills, it’s a different story. There, the sheer volume of junk becomes a monumental feat to deal with, as even Michael Moore has made vividly clear in his recent, depressing, documentary. Alameda Municipal Power’s plan to build an 11-acre solar farm here in Alameda doesn’t seem too smart or environmentally friendly, especially considering that it may well be cleaned out in 25 years.

Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of the waste on the horizon — fusion power! Advances in fusion research in the past few years along several different tracks make the prospect of viable commercial fusion, even in 10 to 15 years, very real. With fusion plasmas of millions of degrees, all kinds of waste could be recycled — turned into plasma and separated by atomic weight in a magnetic field. Landfills will become valuable resources and even junk windmills and solar panels will be put to good use!

For a greener America, let’s get a crash program for fusion power!

Hunter Cobb

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