Thanks for making book sale a success
The Friends of the Alameda Free Library would like to thank all those who helped make our recent May Book Sale at the Alameda Point Al DeWitt "O" Club a success. The Friends are a nonprofit organization devoted to raising funds for the library. The monies raised from our semiannual sales are used to fund the library's children's, teen, and adult reading programs, Alameda Reads and other special programs throughout the year.
Our thanks go to:
co-chairperson Book Sale Committee
Updating regulations on animals good idea
Recent opinion pieces reflect an alarmist position that there is a movement afoot to turn Alameda into a stinky, noisy collection of poultry and hog farms, exposing our children to the screams of dying animals as we swat flies and hold our noses.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that the City of Alameda has sought out the opinion of Alamedans who love and keep animals to help update some outdated city regulations. In some cases, it has been to add new regulation where there was none before, in order to make sure that those who are keeping animals (chickens for their eggs, bees for their honey and garden, etc.) are doing so within reasonable, clean, humane, and neighbor-friendly limits.
Adapting animal laws makes sense
I've read a lot of inflammatory and outrageous libels on our city around the backyard animal issue, including some unlikely anecdotes that don't ring true about our neighbors.
I've read assertions that if we change and adapt a few of our existing laws about raising urban farm animals and bees, that Alamedans will somehow suddenly become bloodthirsty ritual killers.
Remember, most of these animals are already allowed by law. Claiming that we shouldn't adapt the laws to modern realities because Alamedans might suddenly start breaking state law and begin sadistically slaughtering animals is a little like saying we shouldn't approve new traffic lights because more Alamedans might start driving drunk -- it doesn't even make sense as an argument, and it slanders the people who live here.
Fact: The proposed law changes have absolutely no effect either way about slaughtering animals. If it's illegal now, it will remain that way. All it does is adjust the ground rules a little; for example, when our current law was written, people had no idea that other folk might consider raising miniature swine as pets instead of giant porkers as meat.
Fact: Alamedans can handle any problem that comes up. We don't need the embittered, inflammatory, emotional arguments that plague Berkeley and Oakland about this issue (and just about every issue, it seems sometimes). We have a city government that works, that can enforce the new laws as well as it has enforced the old ones.
Pot shops totally OK for Alameda
The May 10 editorial, "Dispensary case was about more than marijuana," could only have been written by someone living in a vacuum. If they say "it's not about marijuana," it's about marijuana.
I truly believe that local communities and local government should, and as the Supreme Court ruled, have the authority to ban certain activities within their borders deemed to be a nuisance.
However, the Court did not state, nor did it set forth guidelines, for what constitutes a nuisance. Look at how the author of this editorial tries to make a correlation between the banning of gun shows and the banning of medical marijuana dispensaries. OK, I can understand banning gun shows -- guns kill people. Medical marijuana, not so much. Yes, there are a few issues surrounding California's marijuana laws that, in my mind, are very unsettling.
One: Why, after years of lies, billions of dollars spent, hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed and, despite the will of the people and local government, is the federal government willing to continue criminalizing, persecuting and incarcerating otherwise law-abiding citizens?
Secondly: I want to ask all Alameda this question. Do you really want the City Council, the city manager and the president of the local business association to dictate the type of medication you can buy in Alameda? Or, do you believe that your health care is between you and your doctor, that you have a right to safe, convenient access to your lawfully prescribed medication and that our leaders have an obligation to ensure all its citizens this right?
Legalization of medical marijuana? This issue has been settled for some time now. We voted. Now it's time for the rest of you to grow up, and let's move on to more important issues.