Article highlighting need was huge help
On behalf of the San Lorenzo Family Help Center board and myself, I would like to thank reporter Rebecca Parr for her wonderful article.
I spoke with Parr on a recent Tuesday afternoon about our operations and request for donors. I could hear her typing away as we spoke. She said she would put our information in the paper, and it would probably be that Thursday or Friday. What a wonderful surprise to see it in the paper Wednesday morning.
For those of you who have not seen the article, we need financial donations. We get food from the Alameda County Food Bank, but we have to buy some, such as chicken, eggs and peanut butter.
Our pantry hours are 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. We are at 100 Hacienda Ave., Building C, San Lorenzo, CA, 94580. We feed families in San Lorenzo, parts of San Leandro, Cherryland (North Hayward) and parts of Castro Valley.
All donations are tax deductible. Once again, Rebecca, thank you for placing the article so quickly.
Board member and volunteer
San Lorenzo Family Help Center
Theater's hearing devices need repair
The hearing devices at the Alameda Theater have not been working for more than a year.
I spoke with the theater manager. Her response, in person, was the hearing devices work
These conversations occurred on two occasions sometime more than a year ago. To date, no call or email.
I try not to go to the Alameda Theater whenever possible and drive to other East Bay theaters. My wife and I are retired and go to the movies weekly and, sometimes, more often. After all the work in restoration and the addition of new screens, you would think that the hearing device problem at the Alameda Theater would be solved quickly.
Alameda has a good-size retired population who would probably go to the theater more often if the devices worked.
End the violation of human rights
On June 26, I joined Amnesty International and many other Bay Area human rights organizations at the Rally Against Torture, Guantanamo and the National Defense Reauthorization Act, which brought due attention to the grave human rights violations my country is committing.
June 26 marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in the midst of Torture Awareness Month.
Any opportunity for reflection such as this necessitates action in response to the human rights abuses that the U.S. government employs at Guantanamo Bay in the name of national security.
These abuses are immoral and illegal under U.S. and international law, and -- according to military and security experts -- ineffective and counterproductive.
Sections 1021 and 1022 in the defense act, signed into law Dec. 31, 2011, further entrench indefinite detention and a "global war" paradigm in U.S. law.
These provisions have made it more likely that anyone could be held without charge indefinitely at Guantanamo or other U.S. prisons, based on the flimsiest intelligence.
I am calling on President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress to demand an end to the violation of basic human rights at Guantanamo currently under way.
Shameful to spend on needless fire station
Thanks to all who campaigned for Alameda's Measure C to build a new competition swimming pool, all-weather lighted sports field and a new station for the firefighters.
When the measure didn't pass, Alameda City Council -- Rob Bonta, Lena Tam, Mayor Marie Gilmore and City Manager John Russo -- decided to spend what remains of city money not on a pool or fields, but $400,000 to design the fire station.
The city previously paid for a study that said this station should be closed. Rather than make good on the promises to Alameda's children, the firefighters and council chose to ensure the overstaffed fire department that brought national shame to Alameda remains the status quo.
The opponents to Measure C could not have made any clearer that the pool and fields were the last priority of the firefighters and council they spent $56,000 to elect. Shame on them.
Must build vehicle tunnel under bay
The chaos that erupted as a result of the Transbay BART rail problems caused by a fire recently ought to drive home to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to consider the urgent need of building a transbay tunnel for vehicles.
There have been a lot of talks in public about the high-speed rail linking northern and southern parts of the state, but nothing about a tunnel under the bay for vehicles.
Doesn't it make more sense to consider the latter first and put off the former for some time in the future?
Meanwhile, Bay Area commuters have to grind their teeth and bear it, regardless of whether transportation chaos of similar magnitude will erupt again.