Letters to the Editor

Registered users may submit a Letter to the Editor after they first log in.


The board of directors of the Humane Society of Alameda wishes to thank the society’s members and donors for their contributions and attendance to the annual membership meeting on March 29. The members enjoyed breakfast at Pier 29 and a very special presentation by Hugh Tebault, president of the Latham Foundation of Alameda on “Humane Education and Animal Welfare.”

Members also learned how the society spent their donations in 2013: 

n Provided the Alameda Animal Shelter with food for the animals $22,359.20
n Assisted with adoption of five animals to senior citizens living in Alameda $460
n Donated $652.81 for medical assistance to animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter and $995 for other animals in need 
n Offered a free microchip clinic $540
n Assisted Alameda Animal Shelter with micro-chipping 156 adoptable animals $780
n Helped with the purchase of 800 mini-microchip needles (for small animals) $2,535
n Offered financial assistance for the spaying and neutering of 16 animals $900
n Purchased 500 cat carriers several new dog beds and many replacement parts, sanitizing gel and disinfectant for the 32 kennels for the Animal Shelter $2,271.84
n Covered the full expense of the project to have the Alameda Animal Shelter 32 kennels resealed, resurfaced and painted, $32,435

We are so grateful for the community’s support through memberships, donations and bequests. We could not help our beloved animals without their wonderful love and support. Donations to Humane Society of Alameda may be sent to P.O. Box 1571, Alameda 94501 or through our secured website: www.hsalameda.org. The board of directors thanks the community very much for its continued support and our beloved animals also express their “thanks.” 

— Holly Schmalenberger-Haugen, Treasurer, Humane Society of Alameda


As the fictional character Admiral Banyan Azimuth (ret.), whose imaginary existence has been called into question by your readership, I feel it imperative to claim no direct linkage with any of the august branches of our great nation’s military.

My honorific title, bestowed by the esteemed citizens who make up the Sub-Committee of Honorific Titles within the fictional Alameda Lighthouse Appreciation Society (ALAS), was given in appreciation of my tiresome diatribes dealing with all things lighthouse.

Hopefully, an imaginary back story will in no way diminish the curiosity of your readership in finding these beautiful, meticulously hand-crafted lighthouses which are now placed at specific water-facing locations on the island. I wish you happy hunting.

— (Honorary) Adm. Banyan Azimuth (ret.)


I read that my neighbors, friends, clients and people like me had to deal with insults while merely trying to ride a bus to work. I rode a bus, train and carpool to Cupertino 30 years ago. Then I became an inventor and co-founder of software startups as well as a surgical medical imaging startup.

Congratulations on landing a great job in a field with amazing innovation. Yours was not an overnight achievement. It’s literally the culmination of years of effort. 

Alameda seems like one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area. We are fortunate to live in close proximity to one of the most dynamic areas on the planet during one of the most exciting periods the world has yet experienced. Finding new ways to enhance the power of individuals to improve the world for the benefit of as many as possible is not an easy task.

Your success serves to inspire people of all ages to participate in life-long learning so they, too, can come to enjoy pursuing their dreams. This is perhaps the most generous gift we can give.

We appreciate you taking personal responsibility to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce traffic, while participating as vital members in our community, supporting our schools and contributing your voice to public decision-making.

We are proud to have you as neighbors.

— Kirk Knight