Wood students are getting a raw deal
I just read Greg Tolentino's "My Word" about diverting 25 special needs and 40 inter-district transfer students from Wood to Junior Jets in order to make room for ACLC to share the site.
Our school district moved 65 students, against their will, to a new magnet program. Last I heard, Jets only had about 135 students enrolled. So it sounds like these diverted kids largely serve to create Junior Jets; which causes ACLC to move (against its will, from its home of 18 years) to Wood; which causes the 65 kids to move from Wood to Jets; and creates Junior Jets. Whew, what a circular shell game. Except these aren't shells, they're real students with real families.
I saw these students in the office at Wood, at the end of the last school year. Many of them were crying because they'd just found out they were being diverted from their school. Many of those kids are being diverted for what would've been their third and final year of middle school. They've created strong bonds with teachers, counselors and friends.
Sending them away seems heartless and cruel. And studies have shown that transition and upheaval ultimately affect graduation rates negatively. How on earth is this putting the needs of any of these students first?
Candy, liquor don't belong on same aisle
I am writing to express my concern about Chestnut Market at 1202 Chestnut, which is now open under new management. Recently, I went into the market and noticed that candy is now placed on the same aisle as the alcohol.
When I expressed my concerns about the appropriateness and safety of the this placement, the lady became angry and waved it off. This market is right next to an elementary and high school, and was much frequented by students when this market was under different management. Is a store that sells candy in the liquor aisle what we want in our neighborhood?
Get more family eateries on Island
I agree with the recent letter writers who said Alameda needs more family restaurants.
I spoke with Rob Ratto of the Park Street Business Association a short time ago about Park Street needing a restaurant like The Olive Garden, and South Shore being a great place for a Red Lobster or International House of Pancakes that we can take our family to. Let's keep the pressure on. Maybe, just maybe, we can get some action on some good restaurants in great locations in Alameda.
Proud to boo NRA at Alameda parade
I am a proud and loud "boo-er" of the NRA during the Alameda parade this year.
As both an Alameda mom and a U.S. citizen, I will be exercising both my rights of free speech and my lungs at each and every parade that this useless group participates in. Each year, my friends and I can't wait to boo them -- and are astonished that they are allowed in a community parade that prides itself on being family-friendly.
I am beyond frustrated that we have tolerated this tiny but wealthy group dominating our laws and allowing our cities to be overcome with gun violence. I am justifiably terrified that my kids may drive through Oakland some night at just the wrong intersection and get shot at. According to a recent Bloomberg report, shooting deaths in 2015 will rise to almost 33,000. Columbine. Newtown. Enough.
By silently allowing this group to maneuver in politics and in our parades, we consent. To those kind Alamedans that wrote in support of free speech, I thank you. Please join me in loud booing of the NRA next year as well as a petition to the mayor to ban this group from our wonderful parade.
Let's honor our veterans, the Girl Scouts, soccer teams, local businesses -- those things that make up the fabric of a great community -- but not a tiny group that promotes no restrictions on automatic weapons.