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As a child born and raised in Los Angeles, I have vivid memories of entering my backyard when I was young to see oodles of brightly colored bees zipping around to all of the blooming plants and flowers. Our nectarine and orange trees would always bear the sweetest of fruits and although I was stung a couple of times, I understood that my favorite treats were only available due to these bees.

This is the reason why I want to express my concern regarding the large-scale bee die-off that is occurring within California. Since bees pollinate 70 percent of all crops in the United States, with California being a large agricultural contributor, further bee population declines will have drastic consequences.

This is a multifaceted issue that will not be an easy task to combat, however there is a low hanging fruit: the use of harmful neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids.

Ending the use of neonicotinoids in California, which kill off 30 to 40 percent of bee colonies every season, would greatly help bee populations and would allow us to still have most of the food we love, especially our favorite treats such as coffee, juices, nectarines and oranges.


Joseph Moreno, Los Angeles

The Rotary Club of Alameda is excited to announce the guest speaker at the club’s upcoming luncheon will be Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter Executive Director John Lipp. We would particularly like to get the word out to as many of Alameda’s nonprofit organizations as possible.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, John will be the guest speaker at the Rotary lunch held at the Grand Pavilion at 300 Island Drive, Alameda from noon to 1:30 p.m. The session is $20 and includes a buffet lunch. 

John’s talk will focus on using motivation techniques to strategically recruit and retain volunteers. His material will be very interesting to representatives from nonprofit groups who want to learn more about how to keep volunteers engaged and connected. 

Please RSVP to me at miang@aol.com if you plan to attend. 

Michelle Ingram

In my opinion, Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft got involved in a series of missteps that ended up with Alameda having to pay out almost $1 million and losing what I feel was a competent city manager. 

Oddie and Ashcraft have been pretty quiet after this debacle. However, it appears that Vella has friends determined to rehabilitate her politically in a series of emotionally charged and inappropriate missives, all sharing the same talking points spearheaded by Assm. Rob Bonta. 

Laura Thomas, the writer of a recent commentary (“Alameda Politics, Not What It Seems,” Aug. 23), starts out by claiming that good government advocates are covertly advocating a “national right-wing” agenda. She then conflates “real estate interests” and “national real estate investors” with the Alameda Citizen’s Taskforce, a longtime organization that has advocated for good government. 

Apparently, if you oppose politicians taking money from people they are supposed to be supervising, you are in bed with the landlords. Also, if you object to inappropriate actions on the part of people in government, you are racist. 

The commentary ends up by stating, “We encourage all residents, those who see themselves as ‘real’ or who share a belief that our community should strive for equity and humanity, to consider carefully the manipulation of certain phrases and slogans.” 
I strongly suggest that Thomas take her own words to heart. 


Margie Siegal