Alameda Theater was a valuable Cup partner

As a member of Oakland Yacht Club and its race committee, I wanted to recognize and thank Alameda Theater and Cineplex for their positive impact to our community with their initial support of the America's Cup by hosting the Artemis Racing Event back on March 1.

The event allowed our community to meet team members and begin to catch America's Cup fever.

As the racing progressed, through trials, tragedy and triumphs, Alameda watched.

In September, the America's Cup races commenced, with many making their way to the San Francisco city front, others gathering in front of televisions or watching YouTube replays. But by far the best opportunity to feel like you were on the city front, with the advantage of the details of television coverage, was Alameda Theater and Cineplex's free, big screen viewing of the America's Cup races, where you could almost feel the spray as Oracle and Emirates foiled upwind.

Thank you to the people at Alameda Theater and Cineplex for supporting America's Cup and Alameda as a community that hosted Artemis and Luna Rossa competitors and their families.

Debby Ratto

Alameda


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We've had enough of the America's Cup

I used to think soccer was stupid; then the America's Cup showed up.

Sadly, one person died. Two others fell off their boat into the bay. A couple boats almost capsized, and races were canceled due to too much wind. Ha. Isn't the idea of racing a sailboat to get as much wind in your sails as you can?

And those boats. They remind me of the cardboard boats we made as kids and raced in the creek, with Popsicle stick masts.

So, thank you, folks, for finally getting those ugly Popsicle stick boats off the bay.

Please don't come back.

Timothy J. Bindner

San Pablo

Others should join great food program

I was thrilled to read about the work of the Kitchen of Champions program in Oakland ("Kitchen of Champions cooks up success in Oakland" Oct. 14).

Because of the hard work of chefs, Oakland residents and partnering organizations, disadvantaged community members get the chance to learn valuable culinary, restaurant, nutrition and budgeting skills while cooking meals for a soup kitchen.

As a public health student, I am always looking toward prevention and local change as ways to solve critical public health issues. I applaud Kitchen of Champions for working toward prevention on so many levels -- prevention of chronic disease, hunger, incarceration and unemployment.

I can only hope this program will be able to continue raising funds to do its great work and that others will join them in the effort.

Tanya Moss

Berkeley

Let's get away from the political parties

One thing that we do not need is political parties because they do not help anyone besides themselves.

We need politicians who represent us the people, and not a political party. The sooner we make political parties illegal, the sooner we will get things done in favor of the people.

Al Legault

Pleasant Hill

'Medicare for all' is health care answer

When Sen. Barack Obama was inaugurated as our 44th president in January of 2009, 32 million poor people did not have health care insurance in our country.

In March of 2010, our Affordable Health Care Act kicked in. And every one of their lives were changed that day, the next day, and forever.

Today, the poor, the developmentally disabled, the mentally disabled, the physically disabled and the elderly all either have Medicaid or Medicare health care systems and services at their disposal to meet their medical needs.

President Obama has rekindled the political flames to eventually develop a superior, highly efficient, single-payer health care system for all Americans that is not financed on the fiscal backs of the middle class in our country.

We would simply call it Medicare for All.

Peter J. Sardelich

Oakland