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In response to (“AUSD Might Put $180 Million Bond before Voters” May 22,), recently I met a college student at Cal State Hayward who was born and raised in Oakland.  However, she did her entire public schooling in Alameda, including Frank Otis Elementary School, an Alameda charter school since closed, and then Encinal High School.

I had heard that this is fairly common. She said that Encinal High School openly does this, permits children from Oakland to go to Encinal High School.

So, is it a good idea for Alameda homeowners to have their property taxes continually increased to pay for public schools that are educating children that live in cities outside of Alameda?

Kevin Barrett

In science, there is no such thing as “settled” science (“We Must Act Now on Climate Change,” May 15). The whole scientific process calls for the constant re-examination and testing of theory to produce better science, not to conclude it or establish “facts.” 

When you have any theory that relies on finding evidence to support the theory, but ignores evidence contrary to the theory, it is not science. 

If global warming was fact, scientists would not have to fabricate data, conceal contradictory data and conspire with one another to promote their agenda. 

No one is arguing that we shouldn’t strive to limit pollution as a society, but when you use flawed theories and scare tactics, you take credibility away from what could be a credible effort. Improve the environment through education, not scare tactics. 

The only “fact” that I see in this ongoing discussion is that global warming theorists are getting frustrated that they can’t convince others to follow their agenda.


Martin Long

I am very concerned about our community’s environment. 

Have you ever noticed that there are no compost or recycling bins on Park Street? Maybe, if there were bins on Park Street, we would not see recyclable things in trash bins. 

Imagine you have a banana peel that you want to compost and you’re walking along Park Street. The closest bin to you is a trash bin — in fact, it is the only bin. If there were recycling and compost bins on Park Street, fewer people would be making our global warming situation worse, because they would have the option to sort and place the trash correctly.

People may disagree that it is a good idea to put compost and recycling bins on Park Street because it costs too much money. After about a thousand years, the money will not matter, but the greenhouse gases taking over our earth will. I’m sure we can get Alameda County Industries to pick up the extra bins, even if it does require more effort. 

Having compost and recycling bins on Park Street would help our community a lot, and make us more eco-friendly.


Elizabeth Walker

The Alameda Sun received the following letter from fifth-grade students at Edison Elementary School (Edison). For more, see last week’s edition.