I would like to reply to Terry W. Gintz’s piece ("Alameda Is Not Safe at Any Speed," Jan. 22). I called him to thank him for such a great commentary and told him I was very glad that he was not injured in the accident he had on Christmas Eve. After all, the very busy traffic and issues we witnessed during the holidays has now been exchanged for the sometimes difficult back-to-work or back-to-school traffic issues we see here and on the local freeways.

My family has been lucky to be part of the Henry Haight Elementary School community since my twin daughters started kindergarten. One of my twins had a rough start in school. She had teachers who set limits while encouraging her creativity. I credit them with the love of learning and self-confidence she has in herself today.

"Tonight we turn the page," said President Obama in his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. Our new City Council has followed suit.

The next day at the request of Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, councilmembers decided to set up a liaison committee to work with the East Bay Regional Park District. The move comes on the heels of the city and park district settling their lawsuit. The committee will look into advancing Alameda parkland opportunities, including the surplus federal property next to Crab Cove and at Alameda Point.

The Cub Scouts in Den 2 of Pack 2 had a busy weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 24 they met with Alameda Museum President Judith Lynch. She taught them all about Neptune Beach.

They also visited the world headquarters of the Alameda Sun newspaper, where owners Eric J. Kos and Dennis "the Menace" Evanosky explained how a weekly newspaper works.

The next day, they went to Kung Fu and visited the Hiller Aviation Museum.

The Cub Scouts in Den 2 want to thank Lynch, Kos and Evanosky. We learned a lot.

As Plato is alleged to have said, "Those who would want to rule are unfit to rule." The corollary would read, "Those who would resist public office are possibly fit to rule."

Or as specifically spelled out in Plato’s Republic, "Can you name any other type or ideal of life that looks with scorn on political office except the life of true philosophers? What others then, will you compel to undertake the guardianship of the city?"

In Plato’s utopian and unrealized republic, philosophers govern the Arcadian city state.