Alameda Museum thanks community

Alameda Museum thanks our members and the community. Founded in 1948, volunteer run, open five days per week, free, we are a quasi visitors' center with historical displays and showcase local art. We offer tours for children or large groups during non-business hours. Education about Alameda is our specialty and our annual September home tour supports tourism.

We accept items for resale, consignment, plus sell new books and videos on Alameda history in our gift shop. The permanent collection grows with items found in attics or from longtime Alameda families. We also do estate sales, always respectful of household common items as much as collectibles and furnishings. We work hard to preserve history and keep our doors open.

The Meyers House Museum, City Monument #26, opened in 1997 to honor Henry Meyers, a renowned county architect and his three daughters who helped establish the Alameda Welfare Council and Girls Inc. Who doesn't admire Twin Towers Methodist or First Presbyterian Church and the Posey Tube and Caldecott Tunnel portals?

In 2013, we will open the Meyers gardens for rental, working with the city toward that goal.

Our capital campaign succeeded in getting the $10,000 matching pledge toward deferred maintenance, but we are still shy of the $40,000 goal. Please consider a donation. Check payable to Meyers House or to Alameda Museum. We are part of the fabric that makes Alameda a very special place. Membership and donations are tax deductible. Happy New Year and thank you for helping us.


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Robbie Dileo

President, Alameda Museum

Find it pleasure to visit the DMV

Regarding last week's letter about a recent visit to the DMV:

I was surprised the letter writer was unhappy. I go to the DMV about once a month and I find everyone helpful and courteous, even the guard says, "Good morning."

I find if you go in with a smile, they return with a smile. I find it always a pleasure to go to the DMV.

Gerald Scheberies

Oakland

World has plenty of good people, too

Even with all the terrible things that happen in the world, I know there are good folks.

Recently, I lost my driver's license and all of my medical cards. I tried to find them, even using a flashlight to look under cars, without success. Then, very late at night, I received a telephone call from Walgreen's at 51st Street and Telegraph Avenue that someone had found the collections of cards and left them with the store manager. The employees of Walgreens protected them until I could collect. All total strangers.

Clearly some of the wonderful folks in this world are right here in Oakland. Thank you all very much.

Connie Hosemann

Oakland

Kaiser building lacks personality

Who is responsible for allowing the design of the new Kaiser Permanente building on MacArthur Boulevard to be built?

I have seldom seen such an ugly building, it is nothing but a large, yellow, plastic box. It has no character, metaphor or aesthetics. It is an insult to the citizens who are going to have to look at this thing for the next 100 or so years. I have one question for the architects: Why would you do this to Oakland? Oakland has a proud architectural heritage, it deserves better.

Michael V. Palmer

Oakland

Fire the lot of them at Port of Oakland

I'm sure I'm not the only person in Oakland saying, "Fire everyone and start all over with the Port of Oakland and staff."

No one reported questionable expenses of the board seen by the finance staff. Why are they employed? Port Commissioner Gilda Gonzales was quoted as saying "give people the benefit of the doubt."

Why, when they broke the rules of the California Constitution and federal laws? What am I missing? That alone says, "fire them."

Then, after Maritime Director James Kwon "retires" (excuse me, he should have been fired for cause), he is kept on as a "replacement adviser." To do what? To advise his replacement and/or the board on how to game the system on filling out expense reports? My opinion: fire the lot.

Susan Elliott

Oakland

'Crybaby Congress' not going away soon

When John Boehner said he has a "mandate" because Republicans were re-elected to the House, he neglected to mention that those re-elections are the result of election districts that were rigged during the latest redistricting.

Nationwide, Democrats running for Congress got 1.1 million more votes than Republican candidates. In places like Virginia and Ohio, although Democrats got nearly half the votes, they ended up with about a quarter of the seats.

So don't let Boehner kid you. The goal of Congress is to subvert the will of the people and do the bidding of their wealthy contributors.

Bob Baldwin

Berkeley