Cover recycling a bit more, reader replies

My name is Heather Hennigh, and I am 9 years old. I have lived in Alameda all my life. I like reading the Alameda Journal with my mom.

She read me the "Dear Islanders: Send us your thoughts" opinion from the Sept. 14 paper, and I thought I'd send something in. I think we should make a page in the Journal about recycling. I collect cans and bottles with my brother Hudson and we take them to Safeway and cash them in.

I thought of this idea, and recycling is such an important part of our lives. Sometimes I go to restaurants in Alameda, and I don't think they recycle. I also don't see many recycle bins around town on Park Street and at South Shore Shopping Center. Life is so important that it wouldn't hurt us to recycle cans and bottles and make Earth a better place. That's my opinion. Thank you.

Heather Hennigh

AC Transit doesn't deserve more funds

I read the response written by Tina Spencer to your editorial opposing the Measure B1 tax. The laughable service provided by AC Transit is almost criminal. To speak in favor of this agency receiving additional funding is a joke. The measure however, cleverly bundles other good transit and infrastructure improvements to confuse voters. Let's not be confused.

I think it is Ms. Spencer who is out of touch. I invite Ms. Spencer to meet me at the Fruitvale BART Station on any given weekday to play a game of "Guess When the 21 Bus Will Arrive." It is a game that I know all too well but have never won. Ms. Spencer is invited to watch with me and my fellow passengers as the driver, as was the case last week, already 15 minutes late, strikes up a conversation with a friend with no sense of urgency or the need to try to make up for lost time.

I invite Ms. Spencer to listen in on the weekly calls I make to AC Transit Customer Service (I think based in Iowa now) to complain. But the return call that comes maybe two days later, if at all, is the real thriller. It basically goes like this: "Well, we have no money for extra service, and we are doing our best. Sorry."

I was part of the team when Measure VV was passed and supported it. It is a property tax that we still pay to support AC Transit. No more. Improve services at AC Transit before you dare ask for more.

Janice Adam

Spencer shouldn't return to board

I am completely flabbergasted that the leadership of the Alameda Education Association endorsed Trish Spencer for re-election to the school board. Have they forgotten that Ms. Spencer twice voted against curricula designed to prevent the bullying of AUSD students? Did they hear her echoing the talking points of the virulently anti-gay Pacific Justice Institute as she cast her votes? Are they aware that Ms. Spencer opposed Measure E which would have given AUSD additional funds to be used in our classrooms?

Do they know that Ms. Spencer opposed the Master Plan and advocated for closure of neighborhood schools which would lead to increased class sizes and teacher layoffs? Did they witness her efforts to pit school communities against each other?

Well, I saw and heard it all, and unlike the AEA's leadership, I will not forget any of it when I cast my school board votes for Tam, Robles-Wong and Mooney.

Page Barnes

Flyover from space shuttle was fantastic

I do not know where other Alameda residents were at about 10:20 a.m. this past Sept 21, but I was a lone witness on my street to the space shuttle flying low and slow over the East End of Alameda.

I was looking toward the Oakland hills expecting the flight over Interstate 880, when I heard a very loud noise behind me. I turned and watched the shuttle flying literally over my back yard and Edison Elementary School. Sadly, I had no camera to record the event. And, even more sad is my assumption the students at Edison did not have time to make it outside to enjoy this historic event. It did excite me, I shouted to let people know on my quiet street. But no one else was around. It was great, folks. I hope others in Alameda had the opportunity to see this truly once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Noelle Robbins