If you live on the island of Alameda, chances are you’ve thought about what to do if an emergency happens to you or your loved ones, especially in an earthquake which may restrict your ability to travel. When minutes and seconds count, it’s good to know that emergency services exist on the island and that you’re not at risk waiting in traffic to access a hospital outside of Alameda. It might be even more comforting to know that these services are provided by skilled physicians, nurses and staff; many who live on the island and care deeply about their friends and neighbors. 


I’ll be honest, until Sunday’s game seven of the NBA Finals I was a bandwagon fan. I started watching the Golden State Warriors regularly last year when I came home from my first year of college. The second I landed in Oakland in late May 2015, I turned on the TV and was swept up in Dub Nation hysteria as the Warriors faced the Rockets in the Western Conference finals. 


Like many parents, you may be concerned that your son or daughter is departing the region of cool and losing his or her grip on both an anesthetizing sense of entitlement and their debilitating faith in exceptionalism. Without your consent, your child may be setting a tentative foot on the freeway to Geekville.


The article by Messrs. Garwood and O’Rourke (“Westmont has done its homework,” June 16) states that “no active bird nests, and other endangered species were observed within the zone of the project site during the May 4 study.” I strongly disagree with their premise and urge them to notice that within this so-called zone of the project site on that week, there was major construction going on — and still not completed — right next door, on the same parcel of land. 


It’s just like listening to politicians who don’t believe in climate change. They have rebuttals to global warming like “It snowed today” or “Then why am I still wearing a jacket.” Just like some facts are skewed to represent their points of view as valid, those of us who actually look at the increased hurricanes, drought and rising global temperatures aka “facts.” know better than to align with their ideology.