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I have almost been run over by a speeding bicyclist on a public path. I have had a pedestrian blindly step off the curb in front of my truck when I was 10 feet from the crosswalk doing 25 mph and cursed at me for not stopping for them. 
I have watched bicyclists ride up to a red light, look both ways, well at least one, and then cross against the light. So what is the rule of responsibility and what is the law? Why are motorists being singled out, targeted and fined? How many bicycle or jaywalking tickets are being written? 
We all have a responsibility for ourselves and those around us. If the city is going to write tickets then they need to apply all the laws fairly across the board and educate everyone equally. Because I own and drive a car does not mean I have more money. Because I ride a bicycle does not mean I don’t have to obey the traffic laws. Because I’m a pedestrian does not mean I don’t need to stop, look and listen or walk within the crosswalk. 
The goal here is for everyone to be safe! However we all need to take our own share of the responsibility. We have laws in this city, apply them all and apply them fairly.

— Richard Braun

It was a week of community. The T-shirt Baseball Gala at the Alameda Theatre was a wonderful event. Many Alamedans (and others) from days gone by stepped up for new generations to experience summer playground baseball at the Alameda Recreation and Park Department parks.
Volunteer baseball players from Alameda and St. Joseph Notre Dame high schools showed up in uniform to assist.
Vida Blue, the Oakland A’s, Mark Ibanez, Steve Bitker, Erik Schullstrom and Sam Spear all contributed to this event. Donations from John Costello, R and B Cellars and Kelly Kearney of Pacific Fine Food are greatly
Having experienced America’s Cup and playoff football at the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex in the past, I am always appreciative of the generosity of the theater’s Kyle Conner. He and Allison Shannon give back continuously to this community. Their commitment to this gala cannot be understated. Their visual arts team’s addition of Who’s on First by Abbott and Costello added to the baseball theme. The return of the Alameda Theatre five years ago has been a boon to Alameda. Thank you to the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex.
My second experience of community was seeing the Alameda High School Legally Blonde cast out in force last Friday night at Encinal High School’s Hairspray production. They were returning the favor when the Encinal High School cast showed up at their production the prior week.
Ya gotta love this town. And this summer? Play ball!

— Cynthia La Croix


We were delighted to read news all the way from California about the ESU National Shakespeare Competition! (“EHS Hosts Shakespeare Monologue Competition,” Jan. 9) 
The National second-place winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, Va., home to the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. 
We’re sending our best wishes to all the Alameda students competing on Feb. 1!


Kim Newton, American Shakespeare Center