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That was the name of an old cartoon in the syndicated Sunday newspapers when I was growing up many years ago. And, I am quite sure it helped form my sense of right and wrong as a young child. 
But there ought to be a local law or requirement in Alameda that bans the plastic bags that come with our delivered newspaper(s) every morning.  And, yes, we also read several papers that are electronically delivered.

Last year I boxed them all up and sent them back to the publisher of a prominent newspaper, all stuffed back into several of those bags with a note reading, “Dispose of properly!”

I’m not the only one, I’m sure, who realizes that every day these bags are feeding our planet’s fish and polluting our oceans, even though they can be used for kitty-litter disposal and a few other things.

Can Alameda require that all newspapers be delivered with a very reusable and simple rubber band to help stop the insane use of plastic bags? I suggest they be prohibited in Alameda except on the very few rainy mornings when they might serve a useful purpose.Or maybe we can all collect them, bag them up and return them to the newspaper publishers?  

Bravo to the Alameda Sun for doing the right thing: delivering your papers in rubber bands!


Mary-Jo Knight

Though my daughter has a home in Oakland, for various reasons we do not always stay with her. We particularly enjoy staying in Alameda, and I read your newspaper. It is often filled with interesting information about your community. 

We are grateful this visit because we had an extended stay following hip surgery for my husband. Through the Alameda Sun, we learned about the Fourth of July Parade. We were then delighted to find the Official Parade Program with the order of the march in your paper. 

We were able to watch the parade from our car and the residents of Alameda left an opening for us to watch the entire parade.

Many thanks for the Alameda Sun.

Judy Lackritz San Antonio, Tex.

Television news ran a segment on the proposed 300-unit residential development at South Shore, presenting both sides essentially. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said she’s keeping an open mind but that she does not want all lower-income homes. She wants some middle-income ones as well. 

Area neighbors expressed concern about the potential for traffic nightmares on Shore Line Drive and Park Street; it reminded me of Bay Farm Island residents’ concerns back in 2015, when developers blew off existing homeowner concerns about similar traffic woes. At least the rep for South Shore and the developer were honest when asked replying, “I can’t deny the impact on traffic from this plan.”

Total contrast to other developers’ hired reps who not only dispute any increase in traffic, but many of them laughably claim “traffic here would, in fact, decrease.” Here’s to South Shore’s honesty.


Mike Lano