Editorial

Alamedans can take a four-week course that traces the development of John Lennon as one of the 20th century’s great song writers. The series of classes will cover the early days of The Beatles through their creative height and eventual decline, through Lennon’s tortured early years as a solo artist to his final album, Double Fantasy. The last  class will feature a special guest appearance by Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings.

The West Alameda Business Association is proud to annouce that Alameda Martial Arts Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West End’s Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. To mark the occasion, the International Chi Institute, 1532 Webster St. will present a demostration to the community free of charge. 

Back pain is a leading cause of disability, and spinal instability is often at the root of the problem. one in five Americans has chronic pain and is desperate for an effective and safe solution. There are numerous treatments available, such as cortisone injections and pain medications, but unfortunately, these only cover up the pain and can lead to an endless and possibly dangerous pain cycle.

The recent rise in measles outbreaks is making some seniors wonder if they were actually vaccinated for the measles virus or if they need to get their measles, mumps and rubeola (MMR) vaccine refreshed. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults 63 and older (those born before 1957) are presumably considered immune to the disease. They were likely infected naturally before the vaccine was invented, providing lifelong immunity. Most older adults born in or after 1957 received two doses of the MMR vaccine, and do not need to be re-vaccinated.

Adjectives are not always necessary. I am aware that people will sometimes describe someone as African-American or Hispanic. They do not describe someone as Caucasian. If the writing is an attempt to identify an individual, then the added characteristics would be helpful, but that often is not the case. 

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