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A veteran wrote a letter in last week’s paper lamenting the dearth of citizens at a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the USS Hornet ("Just another day off," Nov. 13). The San Francisco Chronicle reported a disappointingly small attendance at the city’s annual Veterans Day parade last week.

These concerns have been raised for years and it seems a shame that the sacrifices made by our soldiers are treated in such a cavalier manner. About the only consistent attendees at these honoring events are the politicians and veterans themselves, providing colorful photo ops.

I have often wondered why Veterans Day would not be more meaningful if it became our national voting day. What better way to honor those who fought and died for our freedom to vote in a free and open expression of democracy.

There might be objections from various commercial establishments. The ceremonial events would be diminished but considering the disastrous lack of participation of our citizens in this past election it might provide a more valuable way of honoring our veterans. I voted.

Anne Spanier

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to
Victoria Johnson, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Alameda Housing Authority and to Anne Phillips Architects, the firm designing the housing at the old
Island High School site at Eagle
Avenue and Everett Street.


Dear Ms. Johnson:

I have been a homeowner in the "Wedge" neighborhood, bordered by Tilden Way, Park Street and the Oakland Estuary, for more than 30 years. In order for the former Island High site to be a welcome addition, the following conditions must be implemented.

The most important consideration is low density: no more than 16 units on the 0.83 acre of land. Consider senior housing and keep the local school boundaries the same so our children are not forced to travel across town.

Traffic now is congested. Fewer people mean less noise and gas emissions.

 Provide open space: a green park setting which is necessary for relaxation and enjoyment.

 Offer affordable Income levels: inclusion of diversity fosters understanding and community.

 Offer several units for purchase to instill pride of ownership.

 Offer adequate parking for Residents and Visitors — One space per unit of 1.25 is too few. Street parking now is difficult.

 Follow the Design Review Manual: Create a pleasing design fitting in with our historical homes, including proper setbacks and a two-story height limit.

 Establish a green building sustainable design.

 Use shielded lighting.

Responsible management of the completed project insures confidence for all stakeholders. Carefully consider all these points as this is where we live and we wish to welcome our new neighbors.

Patsy Paul


As I was working in my kitchen on the day after Halloween I noticed a group of adults and children, each with a large plastic bag, milling around the Gibbons and Northwood street corner. Soon they commenced walking up Northwood Drive picking up the many candy wrappers and other debris on the side walk, street and median strip.

The evening before there had been more than 350 ghosts, goblins and children in clever attire out trick or treating. They had left their trail of paper as they passed by. It was a real thrill to see this volunteer group out policing the streets and imparting on the young ones civic responsibility and pride in our city.

I opened the window and called out my appreciation for their efforts and hope they know the very positive impression they gave to me.

Marlene Kittleman