Many people have been told sunlight is dangerous and to never go outside without being covered up completely or slathered with sunscreen. They have been lead to believe that the sun will immediately damage their skin and cancer is inevitable. Some think they can get all the vitamin D they need from fortified foods. But, is all this really true? In short, no.

People aren’t always encouraged to think about how they truly feel or what they genuinely believe. Society programs people to please others and to accept their thoughts as the appropriate way to handle things.  Most of the clients I have worked with seek their own voices. I define one’s voice as one’s authentic way. People are often discouraged from having unique beliefs or ways of being in the world. People are taught the “appropriate” way to behave, the “logical” way to think and the “rational” way to feel.  

As I sit on a stool across from Stanley Hallmark in his 16-square-foot newsstand at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue, I feel like it’s the hub of the Island. As the sign above proclaims, the edifice has existed since 1939. While I was hoping to learn the history of the iconic newsstand, I soon realized the story of the man behind the news was what I was really after.

I call the author of the above letter’s attention to Charles Park’s letter defending the president (“Why the Heller?” Aug. 1) and other writers like Hunter Cobb (“Of black kettles and high horses,” July 18) who shot down Gaby Dolphin’s request to serialize the Mueller Report. That was one of the few responses we got from Dolphin’s column (“The Mueller Report Needs Translating,” July 20), and we printed it. I resent the accusation that we cherry pick or turn down letters.

The West Alameda Business Association has wonderful news for local history buffs. Legendary Island City Historian Woody Minor, having walked on the East End the past three years, will hold his annual history walk on the West End this year! The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m.