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Dear Assm. Bonta:
Regarding the decision not to use piers at Alameda Point for the Grand Princess (“Grand Princess Arrives in Oakland,” March 12) due to alleged silting problems, the Maritime Administration berths a number of Ready Reserve Force (RRF) cargo ships there, some of which must be maintained in sufficiently high readiness to be capable of getting underway within five days.

What is the extent of this purported Alameda silting and might it not prevent the RRF cargo ships from sailing? 

My quick review of the situation says several of the RRF ships at Alameda draw more water than the Grand Princess, which has a listed draft of 25 feet. The GTS Admiral William Callaghan now berthed at Alameda draws 29 feet of water.

So if silting prevents the Grand Princess from coming in to Alameda, would it not also prevent the Admiral Callaghan from going out? Something smells fishy here.


— David C. Foote Captain, U.S. Navy, Ret.

The East Bay chapter of SCORE opened a new office at The College of Alameda on March 3, and began providing free business counseling there, by appointment, on March 10. SCORE is a non-profit organization affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides low-cost workshops and free business counseling from experienced business executives to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The East Bay chapter has been serving residents and businesses in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties since 1982. Our counselors are available in person, by appointment, at many locations in the East Bay, and by telephone, video conference and email. In 2019, the East Bay chapter provided more than 2,500 free counseling sessions and 54 workshops.

The new East Bay SCORE office is located in the Cougar Village section of The College of Alameda campus: 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Room CV 225. The office is convenient to multiple bus lines and parking is available.

We are excited to be here in Alameda, and look forward to partnering with the College, the city and the business community to help foster small businesses in the city.

For more information about counseling or training from East Bay SCORE, visit www.eastbay.score.org or call us at 273-6611.

— Neil Rubenstein East Bay SCORE

I fell into a great state of fear a few weeks ago. My husband sat upright at our table, with almost no awareness. There he sat, trying to eat his food with his wrong hand, barely swallowing it. 
Then he started to shiver. I offered him blankets but he just shrugged them off. I tried to help him but he got stuck half in and half out of bed. He stayed that way for more than an hour. I called 911. 

Less than 10 minutes later, five paramedics ran into the bedroom, assessed my husband’s condition and rushed him to Alameda Hospital. The people there were very kind. I learned that my husband was suffering from sepsis and pneumonia. He was hospitalized. The staff at Alameda Hospital truly cared for my husband. His nurse was wonderful. 

I am so grateful to everyone there. He ended up staying for five days and has significantly recovered. We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary, and the best present in the world for me, is having him home safe and on the road to recovery. 

I want to publicly thank everyone at Alameda Hospital, let them know what a great job they did and that they are truly appreciated. 


— Barbara Joans