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Editor:

This happened a couple of blocks away from my home in Oakland ("Alamedan Murdered in Oakland," Jan. 30). I heard the shots fired. I can tell you that this is very unusual for this neighborhood.

From seeing the crime scene first hand, reading the paper and talking to friends and neighbors it seems that Mr. Kent (the victim) may have been the intended target. That may be the reason why the "police have not determined" why Mr. Kent was in the Walgreens parking lot on High Street.

Those of us alarmed by this shocking crime in our neighborhood would like the police to be more forthcoming with details.

Was this a mugging or a drug deal gone bad?

— John Berg

Editor:

Readers of "Library Still Worth Funding," Jan. 30, and friends of Rhea Nelson may be interested in contributing to her memorial fund by sending checks to the Friends of the Library (P.O. Box 1024, Alameda, CA 94501).

The fund will be used to add children’s books to the collection.

— Donna B. Vaughn

Editor:

Awesome indeed how human abilities have gone to such an extent — defying gravity and space, reaching unbelievable heights and other planets — while back here on Earth, many young minds create means of destruction instead of joining constructive workers of good and godliness.

Unthinkable! How can one keep apace with such progress? Yet obviously none seem to mind the hapless, homeless humans with no food, no one to lean on, who have to stay outside, unsheltered in unbearable weather conditions.

They are humans, not like other creatures a which have scales, thick skins and feathers for adaptation.

My fellow human beings who are blessed to have the means: Think! Feel if you were in their predicament. Who knows if one or some of those unlucky people living on the streets has hidden nuggets in their heads so precious and untapped?

Can the government solicit the aid of others who have the means to build simple quarters and provisions for the homeless until they are able to rehabilitate themselves?

More power to you who have generous and human hearts.

— Ligaya V. Yuzon

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