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This is my first letter to the editor ever. 

First of all, I love this paper, don’t change a thing. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures to sit on my porch and actually read a paper like my great grandfather did 100 years ago.

I am writing because I was highly amused by the letter bemoaning your lack of right-wing talking points and decrying the “Leftist Cabal” (“Make Sun’s Spin More Conservative,” Aug. 15). 

The part that made me laugh the most was that two inches to the left of that letter was another letter saying we are all weak-kneed surrender monkeys because we renamed Haight to Love Elementary (“For the love of...,” Aug. 15). Either we liberals are pathetically weak or we rule everything — it logically can’t be both. Or maybe we’re just fellow humans who believe in science and that kids shouldn’t be dying in cages and that we have one planet to share and maybe we shouldn’t murder it. 

I’ve stopped trying to reason with people who don’t believe in reason. It’s obvious a large number of people were driven off their nut by having a beautiful, accomplished, scandal-free Black family in the White House for eight years. Having a belligerent ignoramus befoul the Oval Office is the result. I’ll let everyone reach their own conclusions as to why that is.


Bill Chartier

Thank you for your wise response to the letter claiming that your newspaper needs to be more conservative (“Make Sun’s Spin More Conservative,” Aug. 15).  Unfortunately, the current politics surrounding all of us is no longer well-defined. The use of language has become weaponized for the purpose of accusing others of unpatriotic, socialist, authoritarian and reinvented language with no basis in fact.

The first word and subject of the letter is “conservative.” This word, in itself, is becoming ill-defined based on the passage of time and its use becoming political. However, my question for the author of that letter is, what does the word conservative mean to him at this time? I am eagerly awaiting the definition of conservative in its political genre. 

Surely, we Americans need to conserve our planet. Some use it as a way to just keep things the same but, to what things do we refer when we say that? Action, energy, money, time, our surroundings, clean air, moral values or ideas? Politically, this word is a catch-all for the desire to halt change, is it not? It has been adopted by the Republican Party to stand for “Let’s keep things the same.” 

How is that possible? Everything changes over time — even our basic needs. Just what is the GOP’s definition of conservatism? Especially in this living world as life itself is change. Humanity needs change as we grow in population, education, spirit and wealth in every way. Needs of the population evolve with growth. 

Wealth cannot be stagnant, especially in a country that is self-identified as having freedom of religion, of which most are based on love and charity. Are some of us attempting to lock the door behind us with the goal of keeping the necessities of life and happiness to ourselves? Or is the GOP’s MAGA intention to return to a more homogenized life?  

Are all conservatives expected to adhere to the exact same political view, if so, what is it? Maybe it’s a sentimental way of fearing change. Or, perhaps a way to keep things, money, principles or even education from broadening the horizons of others. I fear that the logical death knell of constipating change in society will bring on stasis and, therefore, the death of our country’s democracy, bringing about the return of the struggles we have fought to overcome.


Linda Treml

As schools open this month, something will be missing in Alameda. For the first time in 75 years, Alameda Christian School (ACS) will not be opening this fall.

In its 75 years of existence, ACS has been challenging minds and nurturing the faith of countless Alameda and East Bay youths. Sadly, Alamedans have lost the opportunity to send their children to a school characterized by small classroom size, traditional teaching, and spiritual guidance — a school where every teacher knew every student by more than just their name. 

We want to publically acknowledge our gratefulness for the education our sons received at ACS and for the foundation the school provided for success in their professional endeavors. Sincere thanks to the stalwarts who kept the school alive for many of its later years despite declining enrollments. 

These individuals include: Jean Busby, Luann Sankey, Barbara Eisemann, Paul Petroelje, members of the Dole, Vanderlaan and Meninga families, the late Helen Reitsma, and so many others. Alameda Christian School may be closed now, but its positive impact continues on in the lives of all those it touched.


William & Catherine Raimondi