Story didn't mention theater labor issues

I am writing to you about Lucinda Ryan's story on the Alameda Theatre in the Feb. 15 Alameda Journal. Generally, I found the story to be interesting, engaging and well written. Ryan is a fine writer. However, it seems to me one large piece of the story is missing. As everyone who goes to the theater on weekends knows, the theater is being picketed by the projectionist's union. It seems to me this issue should have been addressed and explored in the story. For example:

1. Why is the theater, which was refurbished with public funds, not designated a union workplace? Was this part of the public discussion when the new theater was being planned? If so, what was the discussion? If not, why not--as Alameda is generally a union town and many other theaters in the Bay Area are unionized.

2. Are the employees of the theater full-time or part time? Do they receive health benefits? Sick leave? Vacation days? Retirement options? Are they paid the so-called "living wage?" What, in fact, are they paid? Has their pay increased since the theater opened?

3. How does the pay package of the employees of Alameda's newly refurbished and profitable theater compare with the employees of other Bay Area theaters?

The interest here is twofold: first, this is Alameda, and we ought to be doing the best we can for each other; second, the theater was refurbished under public guidance with public funds -- the public has a right to know how and why certain decisions were made. It seems to me if Mr. Connor is financially benefiting from the initial investment of public funds, as he should, the employees ought to also.

I am writing to ask and encourage you and/or Ms. Ryan to follow up on the Feb. 15 story and to address the story of the employees as well. Thank you.

Mark Greenside

Thanks for helping Relay for Life event

The American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay For Life of Alameda Committee is grateful for the community support of our informational rally Feb. 6, hosted by the Community of Harbor Bay Isle Owners Association and decorated by Balloon Mania.

Refreshments were provided by Tomatina's, Straw Hat Pizza, High Street Station Café and La Val's Pizza. The Rally offered newcomers a look at what participants can expect at Relay For Life, a 24-hour community campout to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we've lost, and fight back through education and research. "Hero of Hope" Bruce Bogart shared how the American Cancer Society assisted him and his wife with information, rides to treatment and support following his diagnosis of bladder cancer.

This year's Relay will be June 22 and 23 at Encinal High School track. For information visit www.RelayForLife.org/AlamedaCA or contact me at 510-995-9409.

Anne Marie Fourré

On-Line Chair Relay For Life of Alameda

More people should take city's yoga class

I'm a native Alamedan, and I feel we are fortunate in so many ways. Stress is a way of life for many, and for me relief comes in the form of yoga.

We have so many wonderful opportunities for stress relief through the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, specifically Toya Alexander's yoga classes.

I am concerned that the 7:40 p.m. classes on Tuesday night will be dropped since enrollment has been dropping as of late. It would be a real shame since it's such a perfect time for relaxing. It takes place after the day's rush and dinner is over. The parking lot is well-lit and close to the facility. I do hope that someone reading this will give the class a try. (And it's not just for women either). Please consider taking this class -- not just for me but for you.

Johanna Woolley

Alameda Museum's show is a must-see

The art show presently being shown at the Alameda Museum includes some of the art of Bob Doer.

For those who are not familiar with his work, Bob has sold his art to a variety of collectors over a 20-year span. The larger pieces in the show reflect a well-explored approach to the human condition, resulting in a continuity that has been a trademark in his work. Each piece stands very well individually. Because of their size, I'm reminded of the German abstract artwork I've seen adorning huge lounge areas of public and commercial buildings in Europe.

It's a must-see show.

Michael Karavasilis

Alameda Hospital does wonderful job

Our daughter, Zonita Kohgadai, has been in and out of many different hospitals all of her life for her special needs. This was the first time our family had any kind of peace of mind.

What the staff at Alameda Hospital has done for us in the past couple of weeks was far more than we could have expected or even asked for. Instead of following some routine, they completely met us in the middle.

They asked us how we took care of Zonita at home and incorporated their practices into it, doing it with all the care in the world. Knowing that our daughter could not respond physically or verbally, the Alameda Hospital staff still spoke to her like she was able to understand every word -- not just like a vegetable they had to treat. For the RNs treating Zonita, although very responsible, this did not seem like a job, it seemed more like a passion.

To our family, these people are real angels. The staff does their job with so much grace and compassion. My family is deeply touched for the care and support that has been given to all of us from these great individuals. Alameda Hospital's doctors and RNs are extraordinary angels with a bright light shining on them that cannot be taken away.

Wahid Kohgadai and family