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Editor:
While the U.S. debates on what should be done about global warming, our attention is needed in leading a global effort to solve the problems of the world’s biggest polluters in Asia. 

While we twiddle our thumbs with discussions of American guilt, damaged and leaking nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Japan, spew radioactive water in to the ocean daily. 

The country of Japan has done nothing to solve this problem and has been caught repeatedly lying to the public on the dangers we all face from this disaster. Measurable air pollution from China and other Asian countries cross the Pacific Ocean to our shores and not a peep is mentioned about what they should be doing to improve the environment. 

Perhaps the best way to improve the environment is through penalizing other blatant Earth-polluting nations, rather than feeling guilty for being one of the world’s most environmentally friendly nations.

Jason Wang

Editor:

My driveway is blocked. I can’t find parking in my neighborhood. Extra litter is floating down the street. More loud drunk people are walking down my street than usual, and there is an increase in traffic on a weekend. I don’t even have to go to Park Street to know that we have another Park Street festival and street closure happening. 

Alameda should move all street fairs and car shows to South Shore Shopping Center. I don’t see why we have to close down Park Street for all of these festivals when we have a large shopping area that would be a much better venue for these events. 

South Shore is also much better to handle the parking demand that these events generate. 

Having events there instead of on Park Street would be much better for residents, drivers, public transportation, traffic and would limit the noise pollution from the “talented” bands.

 

Ronald Kent

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson. 

Mr. Johnson:
I have always enjoyed your articles in the San Francisco Chronicle since they were factual and not based on politics. Your article on Alameda “Building homes, not a fortress, in Alameda,” with statements by Alameda’s City Manager John Russo, is the complete opposite. 

Measure A was not put in place as a growth initiative, but rather to stop the tearing down of all the Victorian-era homes that are part of the history of Alameda. The measure had nothing to do with keeping out minority residents. Your article basically implies that long-time residents of Alameda are racist, which I take great exception to. 

There are terrific people living in our city and in my opinion they have always been open minded and fair. However, I think your article has another purpose and that is to support the City Manager’s quest to have hundreds of new houses or apartments built in Alameda, which Russo states will “create new jobs.” 

Anyone having experience in the business world knows this is a complete misconception. Bringing in new businesses, not building more homes or apartments, creates jobs. The article you wrote was so slanted it leads one to believe it was directed or even written by Russo himself.

I hope you will get back to writing articles that bring the facts to light and that you are not being used as a writing puppet by our city manager. 
 

— Horst Breuer

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