Letters to the Editor

Registered users may submit a Letter to the Editor after they first log in.


I have almost been run over by a speeding bicyclist on a public path. I have had a pedestrian blindly step off the curb in front of my truck when I was 10 feet from the crosswalk doing 25 mph and cursed at me for not stopping for them. 
I have watched bicyclists ride up to a red light, look both ways, well at least one, and then cross against the light. So what is the rule of responsibility and what is the law? Why are motorists being singled out, targeted and fined? How many bicycle or jaywalking tickets are being written? 
We all have a responsibility for ourselves and those around us. If the city is going to write tickets then they need to apply all the laws fairly across the board and educate everyone equally. Because I own and drive a car does not mean I have more money. Because I ride a bicycle does not mean I don’t have to obey the traffic laws. Because I’m a pedestrian does not mean I don’t need to stop, look and listen or walk within the crosswalk. 
The goal here is for everyone to be safe! However we all need to take our own share of the responsibility. We have laws in this city, apply them all and apply them fairly.

— Richard Braun


Many thanks to those individuals and groups who contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children during the month of March. Some of these generous donors contributed several times in March. One donor wished to remain 
The shelter would like to thank Dorothy Wismar, Barbara Anderson, Elaine Kofman and Marion Yeaw. Kappi Bowen gave generously as did William and Judy Norton, Ginny Krutilek and Betty Sanderson. Stanton and Susan Schoneberg opened their hearts and pocketbooks to the shelter as did Lillian Molzan, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Sothera Sang, Jerry Sherman and Christina DeSimone.
Three organizations donated to the shelter in March: People Reaching Out, Inc.; Isle City Institute #51 YLI; and the Mentor Graphics Foundation.
We’d like to recognize John A. Johnson, Louise Parker, Suzi Scher and Lois Pryor, as well as Donna Danielson and Camilla Whyte for their genorisity. 
Victor and Betty Wong donated to the shelter in March, as did Barbara B. Meyer, Karen A. Butter, Ken Kofman and Martha Lipka. Pam and Willem VandeKamp gave in honor of Ginny Krutilek.
If you’d like to join these generous people, send a donation to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek


Former City Councilman Frank Matarrese’s recent suggestion that public hearings airing the details about the confusing land and cash swaps between the city, the Housing Authority and the Alameda Unified School District makes good sense and would likely benefit all of us (“Sunshine Needed on Land Swap,” March 20). 
I do, however, suggest the noted physicist Stephen Hawking be invited to attend these hearings since he is likely the only person in the world capable of deciphering all of this.

— Hugh Cavanaugh