Some degree of depression has always been characteristic of adolescence. However, it has been affecting many young people more severely lately. Suicide attempts have increased. Many keep their feelings hidden, and this has caused many parents concern. 

Because of the biochemical changes and stress on teenagers, depression typically affects those between 12 and 18 years of age. As their bodies change quickly, academic and social pressures increase at the same time. 

The 35th Anniversary of Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone: more than 250 arts-and-crafts vendors, festival foods, locally crafted beer and wine, live music on three stages and interactive kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. The fun happens Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Here we are, three or more years later, more divided than ever and getting worse. There’s been name calling (rent profiteers), (“Rent Profiteers No Longer Welcome,” June 27) disrespect and untrue statements made. 

What compelled me to write was this particular statement from that commentary printed in the Alameda Sun: “It’s the only thing that’s fair and it declares there are actually some people who are no longer welcome in Alameda: Profiteers.” 

There’s always something happening in Downtown Alameda during the 2nd Friday ArtWalks: artist receptions, live music and dancing or shopping and dining. And now the 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle makes it even easier to experience a fun-filled evening. 

As reported in the Alameda Sun, (“Music Programs Receive Reprieve,” June 6) the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) “School Board of Education voted unanimously to maintain the music program at Encinal Junior & Senior High School (EJSHS).” After losing a well-fought battle to drastically curtail the highly successful EJSHS music program, one administrator graciously offered to “conduct further study to measure the student body’s interest” in music.