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Editor:

"Ask Flora" is one of the best columns I have ever read ("Dog Advice Column Debuts this Week," April 9). I have been a dog trainer and have had dogs for more than 50 years, and I think the advice is extremely professional and valuable. But the humor and writing style are over the top.

I look forward to the next edition. Very, very well done.

Susan Jacquelin

Editor:

On a recent stroll on Webster Street, I counted 15 barber shops, beauty shops and nail salons, some of them right next door to each other.

I have a tough time understanding why people open businesses in areas where several similar businesses already exist. I get the impression some people are unaware of the kind of businesses in short supply on the Main Island between Park and Webster streets, so I’ll toss out a few suggestions.

• Alameda badly (and I do mean badly) needs more service stations that offer free air and water. I don’t know many people who walk around with rolls of quarters all the time.

• Alameda needs a major motorcycle repair shop.

• Alameda could use a large used music store the size of Berkeley’s Amoeba and Rasputin stores.

• The Island could also use a major entertainment facility the size of the Paramount Theatre in Oakland that would attract the kind of big name acts that perform there.

Hope this helps.

Ken Hensley

Editor:

Fourth graders at Ruby Bridges Elementary School are learning computer programming and Academy of Alameda middle-schoolers attended an Organizational Boot Camp. Lincoln Middle School has received a grant to perform wetland restoration and Encinal High School is actively championing civil rights.

These are just a few of the programs Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) is recognizing at its annual Salute to Education event on April 24. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. and will honor the teachers, staff and volunteers who create and sustain the vital work in Alameda K-12 public schools.

Advance event tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at www.AlamedaEducation.org.

I would also like to encourage residents to participate in a fundraising raffle that helps AEF underwrite this event. This year’s raffle prizes include Disneyland passes, Legoland tickets, a premium wine collection, golf and lunch at Sequoyah Country Club, a Domaine Chandon tour and wine and an "Around the Town" collection of prizes from local proprietors and donors.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50 and may be purchased in advance at the AEF office or at the event. Winners need not be present to win. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, email info@AlamedaEducation.org or call 337-7189.

Bill Sonneman, AEF President

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