It’s nothing but ugly, and I don’t want to talk about it. But it needs to be talked about. I tried not to see the tape of Ray Rice punching his now wife, Janay. I was watching the morning news on a local network, and there it was. He hit her like a man would hit another man. A man who was in fear for his life perhaps, or a man protecting his family.

I think I’m using the wrong word here. Because Ray Rice clearly is not a man. A man doesn’t hit a woman, or a child, or an animal, or for that matter, another man.

On June 5, the Alameda Sun published former Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent Kirsten Vital’s commentary, "District Is Fiscally Responsible." In the piece Vital provided an e-mail address and urged readers to contact her. I did so and heard nothing so after several weeks .I sent a copy of the letter to the Alameda Sun, which it published on July 10 as "Why I’m Voting ‘No’ on School Bond Measure." On July 24, The Sun printed Vital’s response, "Clearing things up."

Former Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent Kristen Vital’s self-indulged columns extolling her virtues were hard to "swallow," however, she is now among her "piers" and hopefully Alameda can resolve the past and future debt she left in her wake.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Alameda community. My name is Sean McPhetridge, and I am serving as the interim superintendent for Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) this school year.

It has come to my attention that there are signature gatherers in Alameda wanting to put a proposition on the November ballot to carve up the state of California into, unbelieveably, six states of the union. Just the thought of this possibly happening would be a huge, chaotic boondoggle — and would never work, for the following reasons: