Thanks for the OK of Woodstock lease

I'm writing to express my thanks to Superintendent Vital and the AUSD School Board for their approval of a long-term lease of the Woodstock Campus with Community Learning Center Schools -- parent organization of the Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center, at the April 29 Board of Education meeting.

An 11-year lease will allow our schools to create a positive learning environment for our students with the ability to plan for the future. Their willingness to pursue a fair lease agreement outside the boundaries of Prop 39 will assure our learners a stable school home for which we are truly grateful.

Bara Waters

ACLC Board Member and Parent

Fundraising event help is appreciated

On behalf of the students and staff at Encinal High School, I want to thank everyone who helped make our May 2 fundraiser for Annika Mullings a beautiful success.

We raised more than $3,000, and all those who performed, baked a snack, bought a ticket and made a contribution should feel proud for doing something special for someone so deserving.

For those of us fortunate to be in the audience that night, or up on stage, we created and witnessed an evening that will long be remembered. Thank you for opening your hearts.

Gene Kahane

Encinal High School teacher

Please sign petition to restore park bench

I invite the readers of the Alameda Journal to voice their support for the restoration of the Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park by signing the petition at MoveOn.org.

The petition reads: "I request that the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department restore and maintain the Clark Memorial Bench, platform and inscription in Jackson Park." The bench may be known to some as the "In Memory of My Dumb Friends" Bench.

Go to MoveOn.org, and search for "Alameda."

Thank you for your support.

Jim Manning

Shooting turkey with arrow in back wrong

Walking near Shepherd Canyon, I met turkeys on the trail. One handsome male I was admiring for his bronze plumage and grand display -- proudly tufted, red-wattled, clearly a turkey in his glorious prime -- when I noted he was also sporting an arrow, black with yellow fletching, lodged in his body.

To whomever shot this turkey: that is not exactly sporting, as these guys are slow and majestic, too fearless to run away from you. There's a reason for the phrase "turkey shoot." From the angle of the arrow, you shot this turkey while he was facing away from you. Nice going, you shot unarmed poultry in the back.

Evelyn Sinclair

Oakland

Don't tolerate debate about climate change

I was extremely disappointed with the May 7 headline, "Study stokes fire of debate," and subhead "Battle lines: Supporters call findings alarming; critics of climate science counter they are alarmist."

By casting the release of this report as part of a debate, the paper has lent credibility to climate-change detractors. There is no debate between climate scientists and critics. Rather, there is a large political effort to undermine climate science in order to protect investments and the status quo. This sort of false equivalency does a great disservice to the public.

The article itself does a pretty good job focusing on the science in the report and calling the detractors what they are: "fossil energy groups, conservative think tanks and Republican senators."

Why give them such prominence in the headlines? Why mention them at all? By doing so, the paper has merely given a further lease on life to the climate doubters who have already done far too much damage to our environment and political discourse.

Stop quoting these people alongside the solid science that the public needs to make solid public policy decisions that can help us alleviate the coming challenges posed by climate change.

Luke Habberstad

Oakland

Industrious teachers deserving of honors

May 14 has been designated as Day of the Teacher. For many years, the second Wednesday of May has been a time to honor our hardworking, dedicated educators. The East Bay Division of California Retired Teachers Association recognizes those teachers every year through their local divisions. East Bay Division 2 does this with a proclamation and a variety of treats for schools in Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro.

Our members have volunteered 18,400 hours of their time, worth thousands of dollars, helping in their local neighborhoods as tutors, mentors, caregivers and a multiplicity of activities that make a positive difference among our many populations.

Also, Division 2 awarded four substantial scholarships to three high school seniors who explicitly desire to become educators and to one graduate student accepted into UCB's Teacher Program where she will earn a master's degree and teaching credential. We do this by the generous donations of our members, friends, families and supporters through various fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Help us by thanking your local public school teachers and supporting your children, the communities' children in our schools.

Marcia Hawkins

Board member CalRTA EastBay Division 2 Oakland