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So the man who will be making the bucks says it’s all going to be safe (“Hazardous Waste on West End Not Likely,” Jan. 9)? Hmm. It’s been my understanding that most American ports do very little inspection of much of anything coming into this country by ship. But if there’s lots of money to be made, surely it’ll be safe. And it’s not like the government ever avoids telling us about toxic spills or seeping nuclear waste or geoengineering (that white hazy stuff they spray over the Bay Area virtually every day, that’s supposed to look like clouds. Remember voting for that?). I’m sure our government, always the champion of the regular folks, not corporations, is going to protect us from all bad things. On the other hand, if we ever find out just how much radiation is already in our waters because of Fukushima, we’ll likely be mostly dead by then, from all the rest of the normal, legal poisoning that happens in our water, air and food. Why do we let the bad guys do bad things to us? Because we are the battered wife.

Jaan Carter
Editor: My sons and I would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Alameda community who supported our 2014 New Year’s Day scholarship fundraising event held at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall. With everyone’s generous contributions we are funding a fouryear scholarship for a collegebound student who attended La Escuelita Elementary School, an Oakland inner-city school where John taught fifth grade. We will continue to accept input and donations to fund the scholarship in John’s honor. Visit www.johnlrosascholarship.org for further information and updates.

Editor’s note: John Rosa passed away April 19, 2013. His obituary appeared in the April 25, 2013, edition of the Alameda Sun.

— The Rosa Family: Jan, John, Jim and Jeff

Editor. Obviously, the author of the recent nonsensical blurb in the letters to the editor (“Give them three feet, they’ll take a mile,” Jan. 9) is not a cyclist, or he would know the dangers that come with riding in traffic and appreciate the three feet law. Perhaps then he’d even want more bike lanes in town. Imagine that, more bike lanes! What a crazy idea!

— Adolfo Lazo