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Editor:

Something doesn’t smell right about Banyan Azimuth (“Lighthouse Mystery Strikes Alameda,” March 27).  His name comes up in zero searches beyond those related to your newspaper and there is certainly no mention of him in any military capacity. 
Did you verify his bona fides or is he just another person falsely claiming military service?
 

 

-- Peter Lenhardt

Editor’s note: Alas, the Alameda Lighthouse Awareness Society (ALAS) and Admiral Azimuth are pure fiction in honor of April Fool’s Day. In the story the admiral and his society do play a role in announcing a real contest for the Alameda Sun’s readers to locate the four lighthouses mentioned in the story.  

Editor:

The American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life of Alameda Committee is delighted with the support demonstrated by our community thus far. Relay for Life is an annual family-friendly community campout taking place June 21 and 22 at Encinal High School track, with 24 hours of activities, entertainment, inspiration and practical tools to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Last year Alameda raised $80,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fund research and services for those affected by cancer. 
Our expenses are kept very low because the event is volunteer supported. Please help keep our expenses to a minimum by donating equipment for use that weekend. The relay needs 150 to 250 folding chairs, 12 light-weight 8-foot tables, two generators with temporary power box, two 50-foot power cords, and a stage (between 12 feet x 16 feet and 20 feet x 20 feet). Also needed are a one-walled tent for the stage, a cab-over U-Haul truck, speaker system, sand, spray chalk and stakes to mark campsites, hula hoops, tablet with hot-spot, and one ton of ice cubes.
Contact event chair Lisa Leverton at 834-3800 or visit www.relayforlife.org/AlamedaCA for details.
 

— Anne Marie Fourré, Relay For Life of Alameda Committee

Editor:

We are still shaking our heads over the recent “land swap.” 
We want to thank Dennis 
Evanosky, for his research, thought and valiant effort in trying to explain the land-swap chain of decisions in a way that made logical sense to the general public. It still is a grand puzzle. 
These are our take-aways: 
1. If an experienced and intelligent person such as Evanosky cannot explain this “land swap” to other reasonably intelligent people, such as the good residents of 
Alameda, in a relatively clear and simple fashion, then how could those who are making these land-swap decisions understand the whole thing well enough,to not only make intelligent decisions but decisions that are in the best interests of the community?
2. Closed-door deals that are complex and difficult to explain tend to be suspect. 
3. Since the school district can afford to “swap” land appraised at more than $3 million for something appraised at $750,000, then the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is asset rich and doesn’t need to come to the good citizens of Alameda with their hand out for another bond or tax. 
We have always been big supporters of public schools, but this “land swap” brings into question whether or not AUSD is responsibly taking care of its resources. At this point, we couldn’t support another bond or tax proposal.
 

—Barbara and Richard Rasmussen

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