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I’m writing regarding the recent exchange of letters on climate change. To address the skeptics, I think a John Oliver quote is relevant: “You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?’” 

If someone wrote in saying the world is flat I doubt if a newspaper would give it this much ink. Climate change skeptics and their denial of the scientific facts do not fall into the category of “all the news that’s fit to print.”

— Patricia Gardner

Editor’s note: Newspapers play a larger role than simply printing “all the news that’s fit to print.” Opinion pages offer the community the opportunity to voice their opinions about the world, whether they say it’s flat or round, or something in between. 


I’m writing to express my thanks to Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital and the school board. At the April 29 board meeting they approved an 11-year lease of the Woodstock Campus at 1900 Third St. with Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS) — parent organization of the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and Nea Community Learning Center.

This lease will allow our schools to create a positive learning environment for our students with the ability to plan for the future.  Their willingness to pursue a fair lease agreement outside the boundaries of Prop 39 will assure our learners a stable school “home” for which we are truly grateful.

— Bara Waters, ACLC Board Member and Parent


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