Haight, Politics, and the Carnegie Library Prompt Comments

Readers recall the school’s renaming campaign, Marily Ezzy Ashcraft’s mayoral rise, and the good old days at the library.


From Haight to Love

Great job, students, parents, and all who worked on the new name for our Santa Clara Avenue school [“Removing the Hate from Haight,” November]! In response to those who worry about historic erasure, I would say teach the entire process when you do a unit about the school and its name. Tell the students what the name was; talk about who Haight was and why and how the name was changed. Then learn about the new name, but always teach the process because that is how we learn — with the whole context and impact.

As an aside, how many of us actually learned about the namesakes of any of our schools? That is really the definition of historic erasure. Why name something after someone and then never refer to that person again?

We need to teach the entire history, even if it takes 100-plus years for it to unfold. This renaming has been a wonderful, learning experience for us all, and I applaud those who created the process to bring it to fruition.

Theresa Rude


Our Person of the Year

Honored to be named East Bay Person of the Year. Appreciated the headline “The Difference Maker, State Senator Gets Big Things Done.” Getting ready to make some more big difference in 2019.

Nancy Skinner 


Berkeley is lucky to be represented by such a principled, visionary, and effective leader. Looking forward to Sen. Skinner’s leadership and collaboration with Berkeley this year.

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin 


That Blue Wave

Marilyn Ashcraft is not progressive! [“A Blue Wave Swept Across the Island,” January] She ran a negative campaign ... took the most money from special interests ... supports mass surveillance .... and has used the past few years to wage a war on legal cannabis. She supports charter schools and all that nonsense, too.

She never met a developer she doesn’t like and is establishment as it gets. And what does the establishment love to do more than write fake articles calling their neo-liberals progressive?

It will be a long four years with Ashcraft at the helm.

Phil Redd


Preserving Vintage Vibes

This is an interesting, well-written article [“Vintage Vibes,” December 2018]. “Cyanotype,” aka “blueprints” used by engineers and architects for printing technical drawings, long ago, used for art? I’ve never heard of that. Using this old technology in a creative way would be remarkable.

James Kevin Erwin


Carnegie Fondness

I spent so much time there as a kid [“What’s Next for a Favored Alameda Landmark?,” January]. I used to go there all the time and get so many books. Oh, my gosh! I loved it. It was my most favorite place as a kid. I have such good memories as a kid from walking from my Nana’s house on Burbank Street just to the library and then taking books and sitting in her backyard on the lounge chair and just reading for hours. I loved it

Dana Glaim


Those Trees

Go Ryan [“The Tap Dancing Christmas Spread Cheer Everywhere,” Facebook, Dec. 22]. Go Pamm. You spread joy.

Elaine Leste


Corrections and Clarifications

The Newcomer article in January [“Ale Storms Brewing”] ended midsentence. Here’s the entire last paragraph: Open since October, the boldly minimalistic, lofty-ceilinged space with airy ground-floor and intimate mezzanine seating sports 10 taps and serves a rotating selection of brews by the pint and to go. Wildcard Brewing Co., 1122 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-280-5728, WildcardBrewingco.com. Also, the name of the New Parish was misspelled in a Calendar item and entry in January.

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