Alameda lost one of its homeless Monday, July 20, his body found on Alameda beach. I knew him as well as anybody could. You may have crossed the street when you saw him coming, secretly wished folk like him wouldn’t mar our almost-perfect village; or perhaps muttered the "there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I" prayer.

I was intrigued by the letter from Arthur Lenhardt ("A bridge to somewhere," July 23) discussing the desirability of an additional Oakland Estuary crossing. I don’t know if Lenhardt lives in Alameda, or if so for how long, but he appears to be unaware of the extent to which the question of another estuary crossing is an extraordinarily hot button in Alameda. Or maybe he just doesn’t care, in which case good for him.

I have noticed a slew of letters from readers about the Harbor Bay Club. Some think the idea of a shiny new club is fantastic. Others think Ron Cowan just wants to make millions of dollars and doesn’t want to fix and maintain the current club. Here’s my two cents.

Park Street Alameda: growing up, growing out, expanding with new shops, restaurants and other businesses extending beyond existing Park Street borders to create a Downtown Alameda that’s historic, hip and worth the trip.

Today, nearly 40 percent of the Park Street Business District is comprised of business owners off-Park Street, prompting the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) to re-name itself Downtown Alameda.

The Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse wasn’t Charleston’s only reminder of the southern legacy of racism and slavery. At the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church downtown a prayer group recently welcomed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who then shot and killed nine members of the congregation, including pastor and state senator, Clementa Pinckney. All of Roof’s victims were African Americans, and, indeed, that was the point. The media quickly reported the racist epithets that Roof shouted during his rampage and the vitriol posted on his blog page.