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Editor:

The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children would like to thank the generous people who donated to the shelter during the month of May. A number of the listed donors contributed several times last month. Two donors chose to remain anonymous.

The shelter would especially like to thank nine-year-old Acton Mingo-Uric who donated the money he made selling his artwork. The shelter couldn’t survive without generous people like Mel and Diane Nutter, Lois Pryor, Betty Sanderson and Christine Buck.

The folks at Brocade Communications System, Inc. sent a donation, as did the members of the First Congregational Church (UCC), Isle City Institute #51 YLI, 687Mcallister, LLC, dba the Swell Bar and the Interfaith Circle.

Virginia Retile and Karen Kokum sent donations, as did Jane Watson, Paula Patella-Dupree, Lou Toper and Kathy Puget. The women and children at the shelter would like to thank Portia Mack, Noel and Regina Oanzarino-Dimig. Frederica Kapp gave generously, as did Isadora Alman, MFT; Dianne Richmond; and Beverly Church. Cathy Folsom donated to honor Flory Tilos.

If you’d like to see your name among the generous June donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org

Ginny Krutilek

Editor:

Climate change is real, and, as a 14-year-old high-school student, I find the apathy of many of our elected representatives to do anything about it frightening. So, to all the climate change deniers, I will paint a picture of some of the "flaming snowmen" that are the effects of climate change.

Greenland is about to become a whole lot bigger. The Steenstrup Glacier is receding. As it melts further toward the Greenland coast, it will release its grasp on a soon-to-be new island. This is a major change that will lead to a noticeable geographic difference of the Earth’s surface. This is not an isolated event; long-term changes to Earth’s functions, like its orbit, have caused islands to appear and disappear again. However, none of these are happening.

Let’s investigate a story relevant to us in California, the drought.

Climate change relocates water and precipitation, and California gets the short end of the stick. This drought also has collateral effects. Trees all across California are dying, and the toll has exceeded 12 million. The trees, not getting enough water, have been depleted of resources, removing natural methods of defense against beetles. Many acres of California forests are consumed by red, dead trees.

Those are just some stories about the obvious effects of climate change. Other problems, like ocean acidification, air pollution and extinctions worsen as well without action. Share the news around because climate change won’t solve itself. Contact your government representative. Hopefully events like these will rouse action to stop climate change for good.

Toby Frager

Editor:

As an Alameda native, I’ve always cared about the future of this community. Even when I moved away, I stayed in touch with local issues and news on the Island. My parents still live in Harbor Bay, and I think Alameda is one of those communities that brings people back year after year, whether to make it their homes or to visit and enjoy our endless beaches, trails and pathways and the bay breezes and palm trees that have always been home.

It’s because I care so much about this Island that I support the current proposals to add to the housing supply that Alameda critically needs. Alameda is in dire need of more residential units not just for people who commute elsewhere, but for employees who work on our Island every day.

Building more housing in Alameda will be a shot in the arm to all businesses, improving the workplace culture with an easier commute and generally incentivizing doing business in Alameda. People want to live close to work, and more housing will allow those who work at any of the workplaces popping up around the island to do that, without adding to traffic.

The efforts at Alameda Point to re-develop the footprint of the old base will bring not just housing but also new commercial and retail space with a whole new infrastructure — almost $100 million in water, sewer, electric and road improvements. The plan includes a critically needed expanded transit grid, which will encourage more businesses to move to Alameda to continue the strong tradition of small business and innovation.

Our city cannot go any longer without the boost to our economy that development at Alameda Point represents. As a native, I would be proud to see Alameda move forward and show the
region the true potential of our
Island city.

Zac Goldstein

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