Letters to the Editor
On Sunday, May 5, Cosette Ratcliff will be retiring from her position as head librarian for adult services at Alameda Free Library. Her seven-year tenure there has enriched our lives immeasurably.
She initiated such programs as Libraries Outside (we regularly check out the backpacks for our grandchildren and have joined her on several hikes and service projects), Wonderfest, Pop-up Shakespeare plays on Sunday afternoons, TEDxAlameda (hands-down our favorite free event in the city to date), in addition to overseeing the art docent lectures and Adult Summer Reading Program.
We wish to publicly express our gratitude and extend to her our good wishes for a well-deserved happy retirement.
We would like to thank the good people of Alameda for their kindness and compassion around the death by suicide of our son Austin in February. We heard from classmates, his teachers from Paden and Alameda High School, neighbors and the parents of his many friends.
People sent food, cards and gifts, and although we no longer reside in Alameda, we felt embraced as part of the community once again.
We are planning a memorial at the Alameda skate park sometime next year, when Austin’s sisters return from their global travels; we’ll let friends know when that date is.
In the meantime, we welcome any stories or photos you may have about Austin and we can be reached via email at email@example.com. Photos of Austin especially are important to us. If any friends want to reach out and talk, please do — we grieve best together, not alone.
Although it isn’t the solution for everything, such as a lack of adequate mental health care in this country or a dearth of understanding, there is always a number you can call if you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.
Again, we thank you, Alameda, for your love and support.
The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to the Alameda community.
Thank you. On April 9 you voted with your heart and your mind. You decided that Alameda and Alamedans can and should be leaders to guide the way through challenging issues. Most importantly, you opened a path for frail elderly homeless, homeless in need of medical support and fellow Alamedans who are at risk of losing their housing or recently made homeless to get the services they need.
We Care Alameda ran an honorable campaign with a simple goal, educate people about the project. We had help from a wonderful campaign team and our amazing campaign volunteers who kept showing up, and lending their support and their passion to the campaign.
We elect leaders, so they can lead, and we are so fortunate to have been guided in this effort by the leadership of Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie.
To those of you that voted “yes” on A and “no” on B — thank you for caring. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the project, and for sharing what you learned with your friends and neighbors.
To those of you that voted “yes” on B — thank you for being an extra voice asking hard questions that ensure this project will be what we have always said it would be: well designed, well run and a benefit to the community and the clients it will be serving.
To those few of you who insisted on trying to make the wellness center something it isn’t in order to scare people away, in this election, truth prevailed.
The election is over, and we are still neighbors. We have a lot of work ahead of us before the wellness center becomes operational, and that work includes additional opportunities for public input. Time to put away the lawnsigns and billboards and work together to make this happen. Thank you.