Letters to the Editor

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I’ve written this to the paper before, but, Alameda is a misnomer. The word means “tree-lined street” in Spanish? Please. To this city, trees are nothing but a hassle and another expense. In this era of climate change, can’t we get Alameda Municipal Power to underground the wires, leave the trees alone and start a program to plant more trees?

— Coho Jerkins


I recently sent an email to West Coast Arborists (WCA) regarding their trimming of trees. They responded with the fact that someone criticized their work in the Alameda Sun (“Many Trees in Town ‘Broom’ for Spring,” April 3). It is so sad when the critics, no matter what their qualifications or motivations, are louder than those who give praise.
This is the third trimming of a tree in front of our home on San Jose Avenue. The first was a lone man with a clipper on a pole, got branches he could reach; second was a crew but who barely did anything; then this crew who trimmed the tree both for safety and for health of the tree. It also let in some sun to our roses in our front garden. 
I told the foreman I was so surprised and pleased. I don’t know what the commentary you have published said or the author’s concerns. I can only guess one who believes trees should be wild? Only trim dead twigs? In any case, these are not trees in a forest but along city streets.  
And this trimming is healthy for the tree, safer for the buildings around the tree and lets in some sun to the gardens below it. I hope you will print this letter along with the criticisms.

— Rev. R.W. Ackley


We are writing this letter to express our dismay about a situation that exists in our town. We love children and have devoted much of our lives and work to developing them to become future leaders. We are homeowners and voters in Alameda and active participants in civic affairs. 
We are dedicated teachers and have taught every grade from preschool through high school. We have also worked in several corporations as programmers and managers. We have supervised student teachers and employees. We are members and officers of Zeta Phi chapter of the International Women Educator’s Honor Society, Delta Kappa Gamma.
It has come to our attention that one of our very fine new teachers was “non re-elected” and asked to resign. This means that she must leave our school district and cannot teach here. What a loss to our children and community. 
It doesn’t make sense, for this teacher is well regarded by parents, loved by her students, admired by many of her colleagues and greatly appreciated by the volunteer assistants who work with her in her classroom. She has also received excellent reviews from her principal and supervisor.
However, this same principal has “non re-elected” 11 other teachers in the last three years. Many parents have reported transferring their children to a different school because they didn’t want their child to be in a school with that principal making those decisions. 
There are many procedures set up to evaluate teachers, to discharge or rehire them. What practices do we have in place in our district to evaluate principals and to achieve fairness and justice for all?

— Fern Kruger and Joanne Robinson