Letters to the Editor

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Disseminate this theory widely

Editor: The relentless, unresolved immigrant problem, extending back to 1492, might be resolved if the Immigration and Naturalization Service were to print billions of copies of Critical Race Theory, in a multitude of languages, and disseminate them worldwide.

When potential immigrants read these gut-retching tracts they will elect to remain at home regardless of abysmal standards of living, criminal gangs, war lords and crushing political oppression they currently experience. An informed decision will outweigh any romantic illusions about life in America, staunching forever the influx of naïve, misguided arrivals in search of freedom and opportunity.

Jeffrey Smith

What’s happening on the West End

Editor: Thrifty Kitty, a thrift store run by Friends off the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is officially open; 100% of net proceeds goes to support the care of Alameda’s homeless pets. Browse new and gently used clothes, fashion accessories, pet items, framed art, home decor, collectibles, gifts and other thoughtfully curated treasures. This new business is located at 1509 Webster St., just next door to the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) office. To support FAAS, please shop, donate and volunteer. More information can be found at thethriftykitty.org.

With much sadness Rolando (Roy) Campos announced on behalf of his family that Otaez Restaurant will be closing at the end of July. They have been a beloved and generous community asset on the West End for 15 years and will be greatly missed. Please show your support in July and enjoy a gathering at Otaez,1619 Webster Street.

The City of Alameda is co-sponsoring its Job Fair on today, July 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at South Shore Center. Hiring representatives from East Bay Regional Parks District, Exelixis, Federal Express, Safeway, Whole Foods, Amazon, the City and County of Alameda and local employers will be there. For more information, please call 510-747-6895.
The Façade Grant Program is back! The city re-opened the popular Façade Grant Program to help local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the City’s retail districts. Under this economic development program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements.

The 2021-22 program includes a special promotion for murals, which will be reimbursed at the 80/20 level - i.e. the city will pay up to 80% of the cost for new murals, up to $10,000.

As always, it’s a pleasure to advocate and represent the West End, a neighborhood I personally call home. Please contact me at any time. I’m happy to meet you for coffee, too!

Linda Asbury Executive Director West Alameda Business Association

Extremely disappointed

Editor: I want to add my voice to the chorus of deeply disappointed Alamedans concerning the Alameda Sun’s loss of the contract for legal advertising to the Alameda Journal. That the winning bid was awarded to a non-locally-owned newspaper (where the additional revenue stream this contract will create is negligible in comparison to the deep cut in revenue to our own locally-owned Alameda Sun) is infuriating.

Frankly, it’s just plain wrong especially in light of the fact that the Sun will be deeply impacted. So much for successfully surviving during an epic pandemic.

Both Eric Kos and Dennis Evanosky contribute to the Alameda community every day and make heroic efforts to keep this small-town newspaper going. What the City of Alameda has done is testament to the cynical adage: “No good deed goes unpunished.”

It’s decisions like this that voters consider carefully when the next election comes around. I will not forget that John Knox White and Trish Spencer voted to award the contract to the Alameda Sun and that Marilyn Ashcraft-Ezzy, Tony Daysog and Malia Vella voted to award the contract to the Alameda Journal.

Leslie Walsh