Remember back in the day, when news outlets didn’t take sides in politics? No, you don’t. They always have. In the lead up to the Civil War, newspapers clearly wore their political leanings on their editorial pages and it has been common practice ever since. Today, the press (with the unstated exception of Fox News) is being characterized as a “wing of the Democratic Party.”

In years past, one influential resident of note repeatedly urged me to give the newspaper’s educated opinion when it came to local politics via endorsing particular candidates or causes. 

The Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent business in Alameda.  

Alameda Point will play host to a brand-new celebration of the arts on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The inaugural Animate Dance Festival — presented by the West End Arts and Entertainment District — is a free, outdoor dance festival that will bring together more than 150 performers representing more than 10 different movement styles. The event celebrates dance in all its forms and will take place at Alameda Point on West Red Line Avenue at Todd Street.

At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare.

When they turned to me, asking me to referee and declare which form of Medicare is better, I gave them a big smile and answered, “Well, it depends.”


Celebrate the silver anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts and NAPA on Saturday, Oct. 13! More than 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street. The free one-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers fun for the entire family.