Dredge sand already washed off the beach

I don't think the East Bay Regional Park District has any sense of history.

The 82,600 cubic yards of sand they will put on Crown Beach will be washed away by a storm, if not this winter then some winter soon. It will be swept out toward the bay, filling in the channel to the Aeolian Yacht Club and the east end of the estuary and will also fill in the area off Ballena Bay, making it more difficult for the boats to get in or out of the marina there.

As a homeowner at Ballena Bay since 1978, I have seen the beach have sand put on it, only to wash out into the bay, making this south part of the bay more shallow. The sand doesn't magically disappear, it gets washed into the bay. If they want to do something constructive, why not dredge the sand that has washed out into the bay, filling the channels and redeposit it on the beach? They are just creating a future problem for the people with boats in Ballena Bay. I don't want to see this harbor turn into a ghost marina as the San Leandro Marina has. They need to realize the other consequences of this action.

Andy Hall

Mideast foreign aid can't still be justified


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I don't claim to be a politician or know much about politics, but it seems to me that America is sending millions and billions of dollars to various countries in the Middle East. No one ever tells us exactly where the money goes or what it is being used for.

Where is our U.S. watchdog in this matter? If our money is being used for arms and warfare, I am very much against. In America, with one child in every four going hungry, I can't see how we could send taxpayers' money to Egypt and other countries in the Middle East. Whatever happened to the saying, "Charity begins at home?"

Also, when a country has a coup, doesn't our aid money stop? When is the United States going to stop supporting these other countries? Why do we have to keep doing it forever? Does all our aid money go to their politicians and terrorist groups and not get to their poor and hungry? It's OK to give a helping hand, but when are these other countries going to learn to stand on their own feet? We can use all those billions to help and support Americans.

No wonder we're in such a mess financially; it seems like we've been giving away our taxpayer dollars to support other countries around the world forever. When is it ever going to stop? What can be done to alleviate this mess?

Mary A. Cronin

NRA parade float deserved booing

I respect the July 12 letter writer's comments regarding the NRA float in this year's parade. I respect, but don't agree.

The antics and deep pockets of the NRA are not something I agree with. In fact, why is it that the National Rifle Association has a board member getting away with joking about machine-gunning South Central Los Angeles residents from a helicopter, equating them with the feral hogs he likes to hunt in the same manner?

We should be proud to stand up for our beliefs. The letter writer wrote this person who booed was intolerant and perhaps ignorant? I say this person is just the opposite. She probably understands exactly what the NRA is doing. Did the letter writer clap and cheer for their float? If he did, he may have offended others who were not brave enough to express their opinions.

Every year, there is at least one parade participant that irritates some bystanders. Booing or cheering is a valid expression that we are all afforded. To disagree with another person's opinion is one thing, to say that this person was ill-mannered, and perhaps ignorant, is not valid.

Heidi Eschweiler

Heed speed limits on our little Island

Recently, I was driving home from BART. As I turned on to Fernside, I noticed I was being followed by a taxi who was barely three feet behind me.

Checking my speed, which was 25 mph, I continued my progress down the street while periodically looking in my rearview mirror. The taxi inched closer to me and near the intersection of Fernside and Harvard sped up and passed me on the left side using the left hand passing lane.

Normally, I would have turned left onto Harvard, however the taxi driver's irresponsible driving caused me to miss the turn lane and could have caused an accident if I hadn't been aware of what he was doing.

A word of advice to the taxi driver: there is a speed limit in Alameda. It is 25 mph. You violated the law with your irresponsible driving. The Alameda police department is very good at monitoring traffic here, particularly on Fernside. The next time you come into Alameda and decide to drive over the speed limit, I sincerely hope you will be caught and fined before you injure or kill someone due to your reckless driving.

Ray Mark

Alameda Landing to be good for city

Supporting local businesses is what the Alameda Chamber of Commerce is all about. The major responsibility of a Chamber of Commerce is the community's economic well-being. It works to increase wealth and prosperity by facilitating the growth of existing businesses and fostering new ones.

Alameda is in need of the new employment opportunities and additional sales tax revenue provided by the proposed Gateway parcel development at Alameda Landing to support our local economy's well-being and our city resources.

In-N-Out Burger alone will provide 75 new jobs, and the proposed Safeway gas station will bring an estimated $200,000 in sales tax revenue annually.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce would like to express our support of the proposed Gateway parcel development at Alameda Landing with the recommended revisions to the traffic mitigation plan and the design changes to the buildings and signage.

This proposed parcel development hinges on its being developed at one time in order to provide infrastructure to the entire parcel at a reasonable cost. We understand that the project is interdependent on all of the proposed businesses on the Gateway parcel being approved at one time. The Alameda Chamber of Commerce endorses the Alameda Landing gateway project.

Kari Thompson

Alameda Chamber of Commerce president