Letters to the Editor

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You’re doing what to counter all the hate
That’s spewing in your face? Oh, don’t pretend
It’s not for you, and that it’s not your place
To stand up strong and work to bring an end
To all the foul and heinous deeds that scream
At all the logic that you’ve ever held
In sacred and respected high esteem.
If nothing’s done, then all these crimes have spelled
The end of what we never really were.
Our little world has always been unreal,
A fantasy we used to help us blur
Reality, and things we could not feel.
Denial and excuses don’t go far
When people all around are casually killed
Because of race or creed or who they are,
Or someone’s hate that now by death’s fulfilled.
You’re doing what to bring about the change
That’s needed to undo the damage done?
If nothing, then you’ve only helped arrange
The end of us, and evil will have won.

— Arthur Lenhardt

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

To my canine friend Rudy the Dog:
You column in the Alameda Sun brings a smile to my face. Since losing my sweet, but strong-minded Portuguese Water Dog Portia to pneumonia I look forward to your updates from your walks with John Platt (aka Old Man).

I used to read Portia your reports. I know dogs, like their “Old Men,” have selective hearing. Please keep up your reporting. It fills and empty spot in our house. Now I report to my husband what you have done or witnessed.

Rudy, make sure the Old Man washes down your paws when you return from your daily walk. And make sure you have him give you a full paw and leg massage every evening. You have earned it.

Take care, Rudy. Keep bringing smiles to people’s faces. Someday I might just run into you on your walk.

And John, we need more columns like your to lighten up our days during this great uncertainty for our future during this pandemic.

Thanks to you both.

— Kathy Gitlitz

As long time Alamedans, we have had the opportunity to observe well-abiding citizens through the years. When it comes to recommending someone to represent the city to name a candidate for the renaming of Jackson Park.

The late David W. Peterson has been an integral part of Alameda for many, many years. He served as vice -principal of Haight school and principal at Edison School, where he was adored by colleagues, teachers, parents and children. Everyone in Alameda has known about Christmas Tree Lane, on Thompson Avenue, a venue of decorated houses and yards.

They might not have known who portrayed Santa in costume every year. None other than David W. Peterson brought joy to the hundreds of children who sat on his lap requesting their choice of gifts. We would be honored to have his name at this park.

— Gwen and Larry Pirack