Stop semiautomatic gun sales on Island
Should we be selling semiautomatic weapons in Alameda? In light of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, I would urge my fellow Alamedans to join me in signing a petition to Steven Miller, CEO of Big 5 Sporting Goods, which sells high-powered, rapid-fire weapons which can be easily reloaded at their South Shore store. According to Big 5, these weapons are an "ideal training tool for law enforcement, military personnel and civilians." Let's start to limit these weapons, which can threaten our children, from falling into the hands of mentally ill individuals and demand that they not be sold in Alameda! Please sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/steven-g-miller-ceo-big-5-sporting-goods-stop-selling-semiautomic-weapons-at-big-5-in-alameda.
Rampage produces hope for change
On Dec. 14, a few hours after learning about the senseless shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I was prompted to take a long walk in my small town. The walk provided much-needed silence and space to reflect on the horrific tragedy that has touched so many.
On my way home, I walked past our town's relatively new and
Immense hope, in fact, that even in the face of random acts of unthinkable violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our communities, our children, that to be human is to love deeply and passionately -- and we have the power to bind together and collectively upend the interests of the few who gain so much in making weapons that eviscerate the innocent: www.bradycampaign.org.
Thanks for helping your animal shelter
As 2012 comes to a close, all of us at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter want to thank the very caring community of Alameda for providing outstanding support this year to help the animals in our shelter.
More than 430 pets have been adopted, another 200 have been returned to their owners, and many more still wait for their new homes. All the animal lives saved and animal care improvements completed this year could not have happened without the generosity of Alameda's citizens and businesses. We are grateful to everyone for their support. Your generosity raised more than $300,000 in donations in 2012 for the animals -- we actually exceeded our goal for the year. Thank you.
Part of our success is due to the two major events we held this year, Wiggle Waggle Walk and After The Ball. We want to thank the individuals and businesses who sponsored these two events.
Because of all the following, all proceeds from both events went directly to help the animals: Alameda Funeral and Cremation Service, Alameda Pet Hospital, Bank of Alameda, Bay Area News Group, Bill Botts Mirror Finish Auto Detailing, Catellus, Nancy and Chuck Bianchi of Harbor Bay Realty, Citizen Canine, Excel Graphics, Gail Soares — Artikasian, E.A., Harbor Bay Realty, Sterling Mortgage, JD's Pet Care, Jiva Creative, Kelly Lux Agent/State Farm Insurance Companies, Kent and Kathy Rosenblum, Mike and LeeAnne Baker: Level Construction Supply LLC, Park Centre Animal Hospital, Providence Veterinary Medical Group, Red Rover, Rock Wall Wine Company, Roger Duke Farmer's Insurance, Tonya Perme Photography, Tucker's Ice Cream, Under One Woof, Urban Island Home Furnishings, US Bank, Wind River.
Every donation we receive is important to saving the lives of Alameda's homeless pets. We are very grateful for all the support we received this year and look forward to continued success next year. Thank you, and Happy Holidays.
Executive Director Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
Obama should raise U.S. taxes on the rich
The term "cliff" denotes catastrophe, which is intentional. Until a few learned economists weighed in, the media and some Washington insiders had us all in a panic. Wanting a grand bargain, which would cut deeply into the safety net, haste was urgently courted.
We now see that President Barack Obama has all the cards and can easily return our tax rates to the Bill Clinton years, which were so prosperous.
We also learn that taxing the rich does not destroy the job creators, nor lead to economic slowdown. Clinton, twice, had to call Congress' bluff. Now it is Obama's time to do the same.
At DMV, how about smiles once in while?
I had business at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the morning, followed by shopping at a grocery -- both serving the public.
One, a monopoly; the other in retail, competing for business. At the DMV, there seemed to be a "no-smile" policy, while the grocery engaged in a "win-'em-over" practice.
Some workers are competent while others are competent and pleasant. I realize that the public can sometimes be a trial, but most of us most of the time are pretty decent.
Come on, DMV. I observed your friendliness to one another. When you turn to the counter, give us a smile.