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There must be some way to stop these greedmongers swarming over this island once and for all. The persistent propaganda encouraging unrestrained “growth,” both economically and physically is absolute hogwash, as any intelligent person could figure out. 

When you have an island (finite space), the only thing that happens when you continue to stuff in more and more people, is that not only the quality of life goes down, but the healthy people move away, and the town is left with a polar very rich-very poor population. Healthy is as healthy does. 

It’s time to stop pretending that truth doesn’t matter. 

And John Russo, I couldn’t get to your assessment meeting, but here’s my two cents: If you would stop riding around in the back pockets of developers and do your job, it would be appreciated by this resident at least. (Aren’t your lips pretty chapped by now, kissing all that backside material?) Progress this is not, sir.

— Jaan Carter


You probably have walked down Park Street on a warm Friday with your ice cream cone from Tuckers, as I have, and you’re a sticky mess, so you get a napkin. When you finish your ice cream cone, you have a dirty napkin to put in the green bin, or if you didn’t use the napkin, you need the blue bin. The problem is, we only have the gray bin available.

According the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away 1,600 pounds of trash every year. Imagine what that means when there are 317 million people in this country. That’s 296 billion tons of trash a year into our landfills, and they’re filling up fast! 

Some people say that Alameda County Industries can’t keep up with two to three bins, but we can get more workers and more trucks.   More people working, more trucks and recycling and compost bins can help make the world a greener place, giving Alameda more money to install recycling and compost bins all around town.

If we all work together in a linked society, we can overcome any obstacle, including the hardest one of all, global warming. Everything you do counts, from picking up a plastic bag to collecting garbage in the ocean — even starting a neighborhood trash pickup service can change the world.

— Teddy Stebbins


My class and I have been wondering why there aren’t any recycling or green bins on Park Street. I think we need them there to help our environment since it’s a high-traffic area. 

One time I had a banana peel and after 10 minutes my dad forced me to throw it into the trash. Also many people like Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee and if they’re done with their latté, and can’t find a proper receptacle, they might just drop it on the ground. When it rains the cup may roll and fall into the rainwater carrying it a long way until it reaches the ocean.

This can give you an idea of what negative things can happen. So it wouldn’t hurt to buy the bins. I hope you consider my idea. 

Thank you.

— Taniela Moli