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Both the Washington Post and the New York Times had the temerity to report on the Pentagon Papers.

The Post in particular — thanks to the team of Mark Felt, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — reported, in detail, on the Watergate break-in, an attempt by the Nixon White House to conduct a domestic spy operation at Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters.

Now that William Barr has launched an investigation into the DNC, the FBI chain of causation and more, will the Post and the Times assiduously report on evidence of domestic, politically motivated, spying, as they did in 1972?

It conjures up that rhetorical questions, “If a chain of causation falls in a forest of politicized journalism, and no one gets to read about it, did it really happen?”


Jeffrey R Smith Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Retired

Obituaries appear in most newspapers on a daily basis giving notice to the world that someone died. Those dying have their lives encapsulated in a few paragraphs, mentioning their survivors and extolling their virtues while alive. Obits become the punctuation mark at the end of each life.

Beyond being mentioned in the columns of a newspaper, those surviving are given little concern as to the consequences they face subsequent to the death of their family member. How they cope with their loss, how they struggle to redefine their lives and deal with their grief often garners little, if any, print space.

As a grief counselor for more than 20 years I’ve heard their stories and shared their pain. I recently had my first book published Grief; Myths, Realities and Cliches: Things I Wish I Had Known about Grief and Cliches, wherein I discuss much of what those mourning must contend with. My book, and subsequent writings, are done in the form of daily posts, each dealing with the multitude of emotions that may be experienced.

My hope is to consider the “Elephant in the Room,” and help educate the public on a topic we must all face when dealing with the death of family member, close friend or business associate.


Wally Buyer

On Saturday afternoon I happened upon a wonderful event in Jackson Park: the Alameda High School Music Department’s spring concert “Pops in the Park.” I want to commend the students on their well-rehearsed performance and the director Mitchell White for a delightful program. 

While I was at the concert, I heard parents saying the music program is at risk because of funding, particularly the paid position of a director. 

I want to assure the Alameda Unified School District that the music program is an important piece of education, important not only to the 100-plus student participants whose names were listed in the program, but to community members such as myself. I would like to see that this opportunity continues to be offered at our high schools in Alameda. 


Mary Manning