Letters to the Editor
I am happy to weigh in on the side of the other letters that I have read so far that find this new lax dress code policy ridiculous. I have been perplexed from the very beginning of this odyssey which began more than a year ago.
First, by the fact that a mother would encourage her pre-teen daughter in this endeavor — to intentionally dress inappropriately in order to create a platform to challenge the rules. Too bad this mother did not choose to inspire her young child to funnel her energy toward loftier goals.
This initial duplicitous act has now snowballed into a “politically correct” overreaction by the school administration.
Body shaming? Are you kidding me? Could anything be more potentially demeaning than pajamas, spaghetti-strap tank tops, short-shorts, ripped jeans, etc? Great. Maybe while the spaghetti-straps are drooping and the short-shorts are sagging, the school administration should consider adding a pole-dancing class to its curriculum!
These kids may be smart, creative and talented, but they are still children. They need some guidance, rules and role models. If the parents have decided to disregard their responsibility to provide positive direction, then maybe the teachers and administration need to step up. These politically correct overreactions ignore what is really essential — the common sense and rational assessments of what is important in life.
On behalf of Santa and the Alameda Recreation & Park Department (ARPD), we would like to thank the local businesses and organizations for supporting our 17th annual breakfast with Santa event held on Dec. 8. Our appreciation goes to Trader Joe’s for their donation of bananas and Starbuck’s Coffee on Park Street for their donation of coffee.
A big thanks to the Alameda Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services for catering the event. The Alameda Education Foundation Ensemble deserves a round of applause for performing during the event.
Finally, we are grateful to members of the Alameda Youth Committee who assisted during the event. Your collaboration helped make Santa’s annual breakfast fun for everyone who attended.
I was reading the two-part article about Captain R. R. Thompson (“What’s in a Name: Thompson Avenue,” Dec. 13 and 20). It occurred to me that we have a number of streets named after 19th-century personalities. Some of these people might not have embraced 20th-century values.
For example, what did Thompson think about women serving on his crew? Perhaps we should know. This kind of examination of 19th-century figures could provide a target-rich environment for any social justice warriors with some extra time on their hands.
Initially, a prime target would naturally be Haight Avenue, since the heavy lifting has been accomplished in exposing that villain, and no research would be required.
Editor’s note: R. R. Thompson did not sail the high seas with a crew. Thompson led a wagon train over the Oregon Trail in 1846. As was customary at the time, leaders who earned distinction were given the honorary rank of captain.