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So sorry for offending Alameda sensibilities (“Double disgusting,” March 5). I grew up in California prior to the wacko invasion of the 1960s. People were expected to pull their own weight and not rely on government handouts. People raised their children and paid their bills. Now we have a two-class society of extremely wealthy or extremely poor. 

Donald Trump is a great man and a great President. Much to the chagrin to California thumbsuckers who allow to cross our borders, among them a criminal element and Alameda elected servants to declare sanctuary. I, for one, refuse to submit to California-Alameda statist tyranny.



— Bruce Mainprice

Editor’s note: Last time we checked Alameda’s sensibilities were that “Everyone belongs here.” We’re still wondering if that includes those who support Donald Trump. 

As a neighbor to Crab Cove and McKay Avenue, I am so excited to see the developments happening in my neighborhood! Last April our community voted overwhelmingly to support allowing the Alameda Wellness and Medical Respite Center to be built.  

I have been following the progress of this project since day one and am a strong supporter. Today I saw that the preliminary designs have been submitted to the city for design review and I have had a chance to take a look at them as well. I am positive that the facility will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. 

I know that there are people who still oppose the project, but I ask them to keep an open mind and heart. In the last two years, since the McKay Avenue property became available, five people who were homeless have died on the streets of Alameda. 

Like you, I am troubled by the plight of the many homeless I see on the street and in encampments in the East Bay. I also know how very close any of us could be to homelessness, even if we’re comfortable now. A job loss or medical emergency could put me or any of my neighbors in that position. I sincerely hope that compassion would prevail for any of us. I am also proud that our city will be a home to provide a safe, healing place for our most vulnerable community members to heal and thrive. 

My first-grade nephew has been following the project eagerly, as he has told me before that he’s worried about homeless people “especially people who are sick.” 

Every time he visits, we walk to Crab Cove and he asks when people will be able to move into the Wellness Center. Last time, he asked for details.

“Will they have couches to rest on and showers to get clean? Will they have comfy beds and good doctors and nurses? It is important that they have these things to get better.” 

May we all have the compassion of this six-year-old.


— Bronwyn Harris

I was unable to attend the town hall meeting on traffic safety (“Locals Talk Traffic at Town Hall,” March 12), but would like to share my thoughts on this subject. I live in Alameda about half the year, which means I am gone long enough to have a fairly fresh perspective.

In my opinion, there are two aspects to this problem. One, of course, is the drivers, but the other is the pedestrians. Perhaps pedestrians are not aware how difficult it is to see them, especially at dusk or after dark, and when they wear dark or non-descript clothing. It’s amazing how invisible they can be! 

Also, so many pedestrians walk as if they are the only one on the street, often immersed in a cell phone. The powers that be did no favors, several years ago, when they passed the law giving pedestrians the right-of-way. It was already a law, just ask the DMV. But highlighting it in that way led many pedestrians to an entitlement mindset. Now they seem so busy being entitled that they forget what happens if the driver does not see them, or cannot stop in time. Entitled or not, do they want to be “dead right?” 

Now, for the drivers. A lot of them, too, seem to be entitled. The 25-mile-per-hour speed limit seems to be ignored by an amazing number of drivers. Driving just the speed limit can be dangerous for the law-abiding driver, as well as for the pedestrians! 

Another problem is what drivers do, or don’t do, at a stop sign. Actually stopping can get you rear-ended. I’ve noticed that some folks seem to feel that stop signs in their own neighborhood may be treated as discretionary. 

And then there are left turns. Oh, my. Last I knew, we are to turn left into the left lane, and only then change lanes as safety allows. We are also not supposed to pass other vehicles on the right. It is almost an epidemic the number of drivers who turn left into the right-hand lane, in order to pass on the right of the poor soul who obeyed and turned left into the left lane. Heaven help us if we then want to get into the right lane — it’s already too clogged with the folks that cut in early! 

With all of these me-first drivers committing these and other, shall we say, “risky” behaviors, is it no wonder the poor (entitled) pedestrians are at great risk?

Everybody beware! It’s dangerous out there! 


— Beth O’Brien