Letters to the Editor
I just wanted to thank you for the article (“Today is Your Last Day to Make A Difference,” Dec. 31) about giving local to Alameda’s non-profits. You were very kind to mention the Alameda Food Bank. I know that your readers will respond with positive action.
We don’t thank you often enough, so thanks, too, for donating the Alameda Food Bank ad. It helps us get the word out to people in need, and lets folks know they can help. We’re still providing food assistance to about 4,900 low-income residents --- the numbers never went back down to pre-recession levels.
Your generous support continues to matter greatly to us. Best wishes to everyone on the Sun staff for a great 2016.
The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Sun contributor Gil Michaels.
Thank you for sharing that beautiful story (“Christmas Delivery May Change, Says Santa,” Dec. 17). I have read several of your pieces before and enjoyed your tongue-in-cheek writing.
As an author and member of the legal profession, I especially enjoyed this recent story. I look forward to reading more of your gems in the future.
Several times of late I have driven past the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and seen strikers outside of the theater. I have searched the newspapers to find out just what is going on. I am wondering if I have missed the reporting on this or if it just isn’t being covered. We need to know about why the workers are striking.
Editor’s note: In response to this letter, we have chosen to reprint a letter to the editor originally published March 14, 2013.
Wanted: Projectionist to press play button
In the bygone days of film projectors, there was an art to threading the film into the projector, keeping everything clean, splicing broken film, synchronizing projectors and a lot more. The pair of venerable union protesters seen demonstrating in front of the Alameda Theatre paints the picture that only a few highly paid, old-school union members have the capability to run and maintain such a complex film-based system.
What the projectionists’ union isn’t telling you is that the use of film and film projectors has gone the way of the horse and buggy here in Alameda.
The projection systems at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex don’t use film at all. In a nutshell, the projection system is a computer and digital projector — a large-scale version of the PowerPoint presentation equipment seen in offices and schools around the country. Movies are currently distributed by sending a hard drive to a theater or electronically via high-speed Internet. The projectionist’s main duty is to monitor a computer and press the play button.
Who is better qualified to run a modern computer system: technologically savvy young adults from Alameda or superannuated film technicians? The Alameda Theatre and Cineplex provides a great benefit to our community offering jobs to local teens and seniors.
Clearly, the last several years have shown that the nonunion employees of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex are perfectly suited to operate a modern, computer-based projection system without needing to burden a local employer with union labor difficulties and costs.
— Tom and Jackie Keenan