Tillman truly a hero worth admiration
I wanted to write about the fantastic April 20 front-page cover story reminding everyone of a true American hero who gave up the good life to defend our country and paid the ultimate price.
I do hope that certain people in the NFL have a chance to read Pat Tillman's story and rethink some of the actions that they have made lately in public.
It seems almost every other day or so in the sports section that there is an article about some NFL player making an idiotic remark or being in trouble with the law. Or, most pathetic of all, complaining about not getting enough millions in their contracts.
These certain people need to take a good hard look at themselves and realize how trivial their lives have become compared with what Tillman had and, most important, gave up for this country.
Here's an idea: Every NFL player who complains about money needs to donate an entire year's salary to Pat Tillman's foundation to help these other soldiers.
Maybe that would finally shut them up and straighten them out. We can only hope.
Great article about electronic devices
I would like to thank the paper for the article, "Why it's smart to keep electronic devices out of the bedroom."
I am currently a nursing student at CSU East Bay, Hayward campus, and, for the past four years, a caregiver with children who have special needs and behavior problems. In my practice, I have seen how electronic devices can cause kids' and adolescents' negative behaviors to increase.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has conducted studies looking into the efforts on learning and attention spans related to electronic devices usage.
The studies show that excessive electronic use, including television, has a negative effect on the child's brain development.
The current AAP recommendations are to establish screen-free zones at home by turning off TV for dinner, removing all electronic devices from children's bedrooms and limiting media or electronic entertainment to no more than two hours daily.
Children should increase their free play by spending more time outdoors, reading, sports and engaging hobbies. We need to support the development of our future generations.
Must leave Oakland Tech's field alone
Having attended Oakland Technical High School in the early 1950s and cheered on the winning Bill Erwin American Legion and Tech baseball teams at Bushrod Park, (Tech's former home field) I was thrilled to learn the school finally had its own baseball field.
All the more so since it was the parents who made it possible with the Oakland school district allowing use of the land.
This field is currently used exclusively for baseball, allowing numerous baseball leagues to play on a grass field. Changing it to an all-purpose artificial turf for the benefit of 350 students will be devastating to hundreds, if not thousands, of current and future players and fans of the Grand Old Sport.
I urge the OUSD to locate to a different area to accommodate the Oakland International High School soccer field. Do not take Tech's field and legacy away.
Laura von Hacht Mattos
Reed is well-qualified for superintendent
As I read the April 18 endorsement of Jeff Bowser, I thought about the meeting I attended at Oakland City Hall in which four of the candidates for Alameda County superintendent of schools were interviewed.
I was very impressed with Ursula Reed. Her main focus was on educational opportunities for all children and young adults. She has taught and been an administrator from elementary grades through adult school in addition to being a director of human resources in Oakland and Hayward and a director in labor relations in Oakland.
She did not sound like a politician as did the others.
She is an educator with wide experience and the knowledge and determination needed to handle the financial challenges and needs of 18 local school districts, including their alternative educational programs.
Reed has twice been elected and serves on the San Leandro City Council. She is superbly qualified to be the next Alameda County superintendent of education.