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We need another “hotel” on Bay Farm and the airport like I need a hole in my head! (“Flood Map Follies Plague Bay Farm,” Dec. 6). There are already two operating hotels and another under construction within a mile of the new proposed Marriott Residence Inn, not to mention another 15 near Alameda, Oakland and the airport. Why on earth is the Planning Board so desperate for another hotel? 

Both this and the commentary on the Camp Fire tragedy, (“Lessons from Paradise to Us,” Dec. 6) provided lectures on the nebulous issue of “climate change.” What exactly is climate change? What did that have to do with a forest fire resulting from area over-population, cheap mobile housing communities and poor, foolish forest management?

As for the projected 10-foot rise in tidal flow on Bay Farm Island during the next 100 years, none of us will even be here then and, most likely, neither will the United States. 

However, in the meantime, I smell a dead fish here, a very smelly scam on the part of mortgage lenders, and insurance companies.


Bruce Elerick

It started more than 30 years ago, with Christ Episcopal Church sending out invitations for Thanksgiving dinner to servicemen and women stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS). It started with 40 or so, many with no place to go for the holiday. They showed up that first year, sat around a community table in the parish hall and were served a Thanksgiving feast prepared by then-organist and choir director, Rev. Al Price. 

Over the years, 40 diners became 100, then 200. With the closing of NAS, the dinner became a community event, and in recent years, Christ Church has been serving nearly 1,000 members of our community a free, sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner. Some come out of a need for food; some come so they don’t have to eat alone. Others come just for the great food, good company and the holiday spirit that is everywhere in the hall. 

Most folks enjoy their meal in the parish hall, but around 150 meals are packaged at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the help of Alameda Red Cross Youth and delivered to Alameda’s homebound by Meals on Wheels drivers and other volunteers.

Christ Church depends on and appreciates the scores of volunteers who join its parishioners to help. 

This year, generous donations from the Mastick Senior Center Advisory Board and Twin Towers United Methodist Church helped assure that we were able to purchase the food and supplies needed, and Doug Biggs, executive director of the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) single-handedly cooked more than half of the 60 turkeys served in APC’s commercial kitchen.

This is truly a community-wide undertaking with the Alameda Food Bank partnering with the Christ Church food pantry crew to make food packages available for diners to take home with them, and St. Joseph Basilica and other congregations dropping off pies.

Also, a special thanks to Burney Matthews, the Whitmores, the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, Girl Scouts, Fred Fielding, Deanna Huie and the Paulino family.

In the end, what’s important is not how many we serve, but that none who come are turned away.

A heartfelt thanks to all in our community who helped our congregation host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.


Christ Episcopal Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee

I would like to express my personal opinion on the future of adult cannabis use and sales within the city of Alameda. 

A total of 68.3 percent of Alameda voters approved adult use in a state-wide election. I would find it difficult to imagine or even find any mathematics that would indicate that our voters were approving use for parts of California while excluding their own cities. So why has the City Council worked so hard to delay and limit access to cannabis to Alameda residents? 

We continue to hear the same arguments that were used before the vote and were not considered true or sufficient cause to not legalize adult cannabis use. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Statistics will show that alcohol causes more deaths on the roadways. The few accidents where marijuana is mentioned as a contributing factor, it is just that, a contributing factor. In virtually all cases other drugs or alcohol were responsible. The true danger of stoned drivers is that they drive slowly, but in Alameda which has a 25 mile per hour speed limit in most of the city, they would be very law abiding. 

It is not addictive. An addiction indicates a physiological withdrawal symptom on discontinuing the substance. Doesn’t happen. There are addictive personalities that choose pot, gambling, diet soda or sex. It’s not the substance,  it’s the personality.  

Children will have less access to dispensary cannabis than street drugs. Prices and taxes are high enough to prevent adults from wanting to share with anyone, let alone kids. 

Some people like to drink in bars to get away from children. I expect it would be about the same with cannabis.  

What do I want? I want adult access and places where adults can consume cannabis products. We know that smoking is not allowed in multiple-unit buildings impacting many seniors and others. So where can people smoke? 

Not outside. Not inside. No lounges. Must buy to smoke in a shop. This is not how to treat seniors and medical users. 

Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Would that we had been a fragment as strict when legalizing alcohol as our city would have us be with cannabis. 

City Council, wake up and smell the cannabis. It is here to stay. 


Susan Freeman