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Editor:

On behalf of Ken and Colleen Arnerich and the 2015 baseball fundraising committee, we extend our warm thanks and appreciation to all who supported and attended Alameda High School’s 13th Annual Crab Feed & Auction fundraiser held recently this year at Eagles Hall.

Special notes of appreciation go to all of the businesses and individuals who supported this event and especially to our corporate sponsors: U.S. Bank, Perforce, Rich Sherratt and one anonymous AHS baseball lover, Harbor Bay Realty, Rich Krinks, Summit Bank and Kevin Kearney, C.P.A.

To our dedicated staff of baseball coaches and their families, the many baseball players and their families, we send out a heartfelt "couldn’t do it without you." And to the baseball families who went above and beyond to make this event a success, an extra thanks for stepping up to the plate.

For a complete list of this year’s donors, team records, schedules and game summaries, visit www.hornetfootball.org/boosters.

Debbi Nakahara, Vali Ebert, Event chairs, Alameda High School Baseball Boosters

Editor:

I was pleased to read the letter by Ryan Metcalf ("Baseball, Bullies Not a Good Mix," Apr. 16) about bullying by coaches in youth baseball in Alameda. My family experienced many of the same issues in this particular for-profit program. We are rather perplexed as to why it seems to be so popular right now. We can only guess that it is because of the pressure tactics employed by the staff, which encourages the players to look down on the Babe Ruth volunteer coaching system.

We have heard about inappropriate language and jokes about players made by the coaches (such as about a player’s weight), about players being forced to spend most of a practice running laps, or sent home early, as punishment for not paying attention, etc. Discipline is fine up to a point, but these are just kids.

Youth baseball should be about having fun and learning good sportsmanship, not focused on making a high-school or college team. I don’t know Metcalf personally, but it must have taken some courage to write his letter, so I applaud him and hope his effort will lead to changes.

Russell Vernon

Editor:

At end of the comments on traffic by Mark Greenside ("Our City Needs Sensible Traffic Plan," April 9), he writes that Alameda needs slow growth, affordable housing and a traffic plan.

He is right about slow growth, as a fortunate Alameda homeowner I would like to say that Greenside is not right about affordable housing. Alameda does not need state-forced "low-cost housing." when all types of Alameda housing is affordable. Ask any Realtor.

Alameda is prime property and only the most expensive homes should be built on expensive property. The city would collect much higher tax per parcel. That’s without a high-population drain on city services, not to mention less auto traffic generated from single-family homes compared to multiple-occupancy housing.

Phil Tribuzio

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