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I completely agree with Anthony Anjello’s recent letter to the editor (“Homeless don’t come from nowhere,” June 27). The roots of our housing crisis lie in an economic system that values production for the sake of profit as opposed to production based on the needs of the people. 
It’s estimated that there are 20 million homes in the United States that remain unoccupied year round or almost year round — and yet there are still anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million Americans without shelter on any given night. We cannot house everyone in a system that puts profit above people. 

Aidan Byrne-Sarno

I take it as a given that readers of the Alameda Sun enjoy reading and literature, so I wanted to share this idea of an Island-wide project or event, the sole purpose of which is to get folks to read and celebrate reading. Here’s what I have in mind:

It wouldn’t be a a “one-city, one- book” thing, which is cool, too, but a day each month — maybe a Saturday — when we all agree to take a chair, beanbag, bench or rock, and everyone sits outside and reads for half an hour.

Imagine what that might look like: neighbors sitting side by side, chairs along Park and Webster streets, people at the beach, in the parks — everywhere — sitting down at the same time to just read, to themselves or maybe aloud to kids. 

Let’s say this happens at 11 a.m., or whenever seems best, month after month, sort of like how everyone takes a seat to watch the parade on July Fourth, imagine how that would feel, to be a community of readers. We could make T-shirts, buttons, banners, get the word out to other communities, who knows!

So here is what I’m asking you all to do: think about this, put your positive, optimistic minds at work on this, ponder how each of you can support this idea, make it huge, a celebration, something we can feel really good about.

Then, maybe later this summer, before school kicks back in, we meet, talk about this, get the city involved, the mayor, the governor, any other people and agencies, and then we do this! Let’s get Alameda reading together! Maybe that’s a good name, Alameda Reads Together. Let me know what you think at genekahane@gmail.com.

Gene Kahane Alameda Poet Laureate

Russ Button says it shows “chutzpah” on the part of Councilmembers who broke the law to ask for a reimbursement for their costs in defending themselves against charges of tampering (“Now that’s what I call ‘chutzpah’,” July 4). What Button must be unaware of is the expression, “Only in Alameda.” For it is only in Alameda that two members of the Council can still hold their seats as Councilmembers after violating the City Charter. Why haven’t they been thrown off the Council?

The expression, “They’re all a bunch of crooks” certainly applies here. At least I think two are. 

Ashley Jones