Thanks for helping our women's shelter
Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter's Adopt-a-Bed program for abused women and their children. The donors listed below contributed for the month of June. A number of them have contributed several times during this period.
Mary & Pat Walter, Anonymous I, Rotary Club of Alameda, Ashley Jones, Leslye & James Robey, Diane Coler-Dark, Kenneth Jones & Helen Horvath, Gloria & John Nolan, Ruth L. Gray, Barbara Wildman, Virginia Krutilek, John A. Johnson, Robert McBride,
Alameda High School Midway Club, Paul & Ellen Hallowell, Carl & Louise Champion, Cathy & Richard Hagen, Luzanne & Thomas Engh, Frederica Kapp, "Rock, Paper, Scissors Group" of Earhart School, Kelly Marx, Sarah, Katherine Bowen, Modesta Jimenez, Emily Shea, Malyon Booth, Luise A. Roke, Ron & Shirley Goodman, Lois Pryor, C.J. Kingsley, sale of art work by 2nd grader Acton Mingo-Juric, Winifred & Frank Ghiglione, Anonymous II, Melissa Dowdy, Robyn Wu, Sothera Sang, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Alameda Kiwanis Foundation, Brian & Kathleen Schumacher, Isle City Institute #51 YLI.
Donations may be sent to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. For further information, call 510-523-2377 or go to www.midwayshelter.org
There's not much to be proud of lately
The other day I went to hear my 6-year-old neighbor, Candy, sing a solo at her school's talent show. They opened the program with one of the students singing the national anthem.
Everyone stood up but me.
I sat there feeling sorry for those children, growing up in a country where there are no jobs; where one in four children goes to bed hungry; where college tuition is prohibitive and if you do get in, you're in debt for a lifetime; where veterans live on the street and have to wait one year for their benefits, and many commit suicide in despair.
I'm supposed to pay homage to the flag. I'm supposed to be proud of the flag that stands for freedom -- freedom to live on the street and go to bed hungry, in a country that sends pilotless planes that kill women and children and innocent citizens attending weddings ("bombs bursting in air").
Since I'm not free to make a speech, I made a statement by not standing up, and remaining mute. And I love to sing.
Stop whining about Coliseum and fix it
"Everyone agrees the Oakland A's need a new ballpark," say the authors of the June 25 guest commentary, "A's can have home of their own at Howard Terminal."
Well, the writers' "everyone" doesn't include me. My wife and I held season tickets for many years at the Coliseum and enjoyed the stadium. Problems? Fix them. You don't have to tear it down. I like the design and the location. Quit the whining.
The A's current site more than adequate
Although the writers of the June 25 guest commentary, "A's can have a home of their own at Howard Terminal," have valid points regarding the fact that, yes, the A's need a new permanent home here in Oakland, they failed to cover the key issues that are even bigger than they realized.
What about public transportation? The Howard Terminal site is more than a mile from the closest BART station. There currently is no AC Transit line servicing that location. And what about general traffic flow concerns?
Who will pick up the tab for rerouting buses to cover that area? Who's going to pay for BART to supply shuttle services to and from the stadium before and after the games?
These questions are better answered by saying that the current site is more than adequate to be home to stadiums for both the A's and Raiders.
Patent office right to revoke team logo
Bravo to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for revoking the Washington football team's rights to the name that is degrading toward American Indians.
The name is a painful reminder of the atrocity that American Indians had to endure since the arrival of the white settlers in this country several centuries ago, and the massacre of the American Indians by those settlers who felt that they were standing in the way of expansion.
The Washington football team's owner still doesn't get how painful that name is. All he cares about is the almighty dollar. Sooner or later, the name will be changed.
Billy Trice Jr.
Better job to protect bay must be done
The San Francisco Bay is a natural treasure for all California, but the Bay is at risk of being contaminated with toxic waste.
The Environment California Research & Policy Center's report, "Wasting Our Waterways," ranks San Francisco Bay as the fourth most polluted nationally iconic watershed, with 1.67 million pounds of toxic pollution discharged in 2012.
The Clean Water Act was passed to protect waterways like the Bay. Sadly, lawsuits brought by polluters have put 140,000 miles of California's streams at risk of losing this protection.
The Environmental Protection Agency is closing the loopholes in the Clean Water Act, but big polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down.
We know San Francisco Bay is a big part of what makes California great. The EPA should restore Clean Water Act protections so that California's waterways endure for future generations to enjoy.
Volunteer Environment California Research & Policy Center Oakland