This past week has been a difficult one in the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) office. We have fielded multiple calls from local businesses who are suffering a significant slowdown in business. It is during these trying times that we look to come together as a community for safety, security and comfort.  As Alamedans we take pride in our huge sense of community and neighborly spirit.  

So, we encourage each and everyone to first, be safe, and secondly, remember to support one another; this includes our local business community.

In the 1970s, James Robb, MD FCAP — renowned pathologist, microbiologist and former professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego — became one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses. “I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained,” Robb said. “Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population from different animal sources.”

Respect is defined as “esteem or deferential regard felt or shown.”

I am aware that some believe certain individuals or groups of people should be automatically treated with respect. I find myself questioning this belief.

The McClatchy newspaper group, a force for local journalism, filed for bankruptcy recently. The Sacramento Bee is a member of the McClatchy group. McClatchy management claims “business as usual” but bankruptcies come with closures, sale of assets, layoffs and liquidation. Democracy’s “fourth estate” — the free and independent press upon which democracy depends — continues its death spiral in this on-going shift to digitalization. 

I cannot thank our friend Gaby Dolphin enough for her passionate words on the Alameda Sun’s behalf. As we reflect on the unique gem that is this newspaper, I thought I’d share a bit of newspaper history.