The Perfect President

Being president of the United States is a very difficult job. I believe you have to have a lot of good skills to be able to do it, like being a leader, determined, modern, cooperating, kind and sly. A president needs to be a good leader because if they can’t lead the country, no one will make changes and the country will eventually go into chaos. If they are not a leader they won’t convince people. 

If a president is not determined he won’t follow through with changes or make risky decisions. They could get us to lose a war! 


Standing at the end of this unnerving election cycle, let’s make a commitment to healing the divide that plagues our community. But before we do, we have to ask; what exactly is it that divides us?


“Tony Daysog”: These two words when spoken together strike fear into the hearts of at least two local unions. Add “Councilmember” to the front of the mix and raise the anxiety at least a notch or two. That new level of fear spurred a crusade to strip Daysog of that title. 

To accomplish this, the crusaders took on a name — an identity to hide behind. “Alamedans United” they called themselves. On Aug. 15, the campaigners filed Form 460 with California’s Secretary of State. One week later, they turned the mandatory forms in to the City Clerk’s office here in Alameda. 

In honor of Veterans Day and to salute all veterans, I present some very special letters my uncle wrote from the front during World War I. Carroll Hosbrook, a farm boy from Ohio, found himself in a small French village on Nov. 11, 1918. Bells in a bombed-out church were still intact and rang out the good news of the Armistice having been signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. On this historic day, my Uncle Carroll was writing home, part of a series of letters that chronicled his service from boot camp to battlefield.


A lot has changed in my 47 years in Alameda, but one thing has always remained constant: our local schools are at the heart of our community. Whether you’ve been here your whole life or just moved to the Island, we all know that our neighborhood schools are a key part of what makes Alameda a great place to live. The strength of our schools goes hand-in-hand with the strength of our community.