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Editor:
In modern terms we’re called, “Senior Citizens” and usually just discounted as “Old People.” But we have “Pride,” too!

You can spot us at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem we stand up and remove our hats, place our right hand over the heart, stand at attention and sing along without being embarrassed. We know the words and believe in them.

Old people remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic age, Korean War, the Cold War, Jet age and the moon landing, “peace keeping” missions and Vietnam.

Should you bump into an Old person on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass one on the street he’ll nod or tip his hat to a lady. Old people are courteous to women and treat them with respect.

Old people hold the door open for the next person. Old people get embarrassed if someone curses in the presence of women or children, they don’t like filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

Old people have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless its about their children, grandchildren or their animals.

Old people know who protects our freedom; not politicians but young, brave men and women in the military, serving their 
country.

Yes, this country needs old people who understand work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country, and decent values.

Thank God for old people! We need them now more than ever.

 

Bruce Elerick

 

Dear human race:
I want to inform you that even though most of us are making plenty of money and having a good life, we are destroying the earth. In the future we will die out completely, along with all the animals and plants, because we polluted the earth and killed so many of its inhabitants.

A few ideas to help preserve the earth are: bike or walk whenever possible; buy reusable tupperwares; and don’t throw away leftover food.

Please try to do this whenever you can. Thank you!

 

Madeleine Canvese, 11

 

Editor:
Proposed developments along the Northern Waterfront and elsewhere on the Island represent a tremendous opportunity for Alameda. The Island is prime for investment, but only if we’re able to maintain the unique character and quality of life that attracted investors to begin with.

Traffic, of course, is the biggest concern, and the Alameda Transportation Management Association (TMA) will undoubtedly help. For the first time, a single organization made up of representatives from nonprofits, homeowners associations, businesses and developers has been handed responsibility to come up with ways to address Alameda’s traffic issues.

Certainly, improving car traffic on and off the Island, particularly during peak hours, is important. Infrastructure improvements will help, but the key is giving people a reason to get out of their cars and consider alternative ways to get where they’re going. People just need convenient choices.

The Alameda TMA will look to provide transit options, coordinating its efforts with regional transit agencies. Simple things like daily shuttles to BART, and the reinstatement of AC Transit’s Line 19 connecting the Northern Waterfront to Oakland have already proven successful. The ferry is booming, and with expanded service from Alameda Point on the horizon, ridership should grow

Alameda’s traffic issues shouldn’t be an impediment to growth. The Alameda TMA is a great step forward.

 

Tony Kuttner Past President, Greater Alameda Business Association

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