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On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 15, I was just exiting the Posey Tube on the Alameda side when a car struck mine from behind. My car rolled and landed on its side.

Before I became fully aware of what had happened, people appeared from nowhere. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who didn’t run from danger but rather ran to it to help.

Thank you to the woman who stopped and stood outside my overturned car in which I was trapped. You made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

Thanks, too, to the man who crawled in and got me out of the car and the wonderful man who stayed with me until the ambulance arrived and then drove to the restaurant where people were waiting to learn what had happened.

I don’t know your names but you know who you are.

We humans can be stunning at our best and you all were that.

Thanks to the angel, Officer Fisher, who brought me my cell phone and to all the firefighters and everyone in the Oakland
Kaiser emergency room.

And finally, thank you Ralph Nader. I am so grateful.

Patricia Edith


I am writing in support of the much-maligned pothole. In these hard economic times, when our dollars are being stretched so far, I think rather than considering tree roots as damaging to asphalt, we should embrace them as free speed bumps, lumps or humps. The same goes for potholes and cracks. I see hope in those thin meandering green lines in the road — a sign of perseverance, a triumph of the underdog. 

I understand some people may appreciate a different aesthetic.  Some may prefer a smooth, even tone as more cosmetically pleasing. But as a middle-class worker bee who pays more than her share of taxes, I prefer we make the best use of this no-cost traffic control and leave it be. 

Roads don’t need to be pretty.  They just need to get us safely where we’re going. And slower is safer, after all.

— Jan Edmunds


In reponse to a recent article, (“Staffing Unsafe at Alameda Hospital,” Feb. 12) like many others on the Island, I’m grateful to the staff at Alameda Hospital for their help in my hour of need. It’s disheartening to learn that the level of service at the hospital has declined since it was absorbed by the Alameda Health System. 

I have a simple idea to restore the independence of the hospital and guarantee financial solvency in the future. The city council should make support of the hospital a condition for all would-be developers of Alameda Point. These highly profitable companies will be getting one of the world’s greatest pieces of real estate and adding to the island’s population. 
Let’s insist on money to maintain first-rate care at Alameda Hospital.

— Fred Gardner