Friday, September 28, 2007

Once Again, The Day Is Saved…by the Alameda Daily Noose and Me!

Thanks to some quick thinking and bold action, the Alameda Daily Noose and I have saved the view of the Twin Towers Church from obliteration by the Devil's Own Landscaping! Here is the photographic proof:

"But how?" you ask. Well, on Monday, September 24, the Alameda Daily Noose and I bravely published a grumpy letter to the editor from concerned Alamedan Mabelle Spayce-Teleskop. This letter alerted Alamedans everywhere to a growing conspiracy of arboreal allies to blot out the view of the Twin Towers Church. Although we never actually saw what happened, we are certain that a group of right-thinking and torch-bearing Alamedans, roused into action by our warning, must have converged on the Demon-Weeds under cover of darkness, armed only with pitchforks, hedge trimmers, and weed whackers. The gruesome scene of vegetal carnage that ensued is best left to our loyal readers' imaginations.

No, no, no need to thank us, Ma'am; it's all in a day's work for the Alameda Daily Noose and me.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Public Displays of American Flags are Unpatriotic, and Do Not Belong in Alameda

The Alameda Daily Noose and I are proud to announce that from now on, the glorious flag of Alameda will forever fly on the masthead of our soon-to-be-award-winning daily noosepaper. This should effectively counteract the unpatriotic displays of garish red, white and blue flags that some of the so-called local media sport at the expense of what should be our top priority: our loyalty to Alameda.

Unlike our good, honest Alameda flag, that stripy thing is the same flag that flies atop the skyscrapers of big cities, big cities like...Manhattan! The Alameda Daily Noose and I see no difference whatsoever between hoisting that banner and personally piloting a bulldozer down each side of Grand St. and personally laying the first bricks for the foundations of those skyscrapers that our Manhattanite arch-nemesis so desperately wants to build.

And let's not forget what spangly abomination waved over the White House during the administration of Everyone's Least-Favorite President—you know, the one with the big nose and the even bigger cheeseburger habit, the one who was personally responsible for closing down the Naval Air Station. I ask you, are those the kinds of values that we want to represent with the flags that we raise proudly in Alameda?

So, loyal readers, when you see the flag of Alameda flying majestically on our masthead, remember, you are right-thinking Alamedans first and Americans only incidentally. Yes, this constant reminder of what makes our Treasured Island great is our gift to you, yours to keep. You're welcome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Alameda Daily Noose and I Hate Being Accused of Hate

The Alameda Daily Noose and I have it on good authority that our work has been mentioned on one of those Boring, Lame Online Gossip Shops (B.L.O.G.S.) that nobody reads, out there in the interweb tubes. It seems that somebody is upset at the Alameda Daily Noose for printing a supposedly offensive image, even labeling the mere inclusion of the image in this Noosepaper a "hate crime." As right-thinking Alamedans are already aware, it is fierce and undying love that motivates every noble journalistic effort presented here. The Noose does not, I repeat, does not promote hatred toward anyone or anything on Chuck Corica's Green Earth. Except Squirrels, of course. And Bagpipes, we can't forget them. Not to mention people regularly parking in front of my house. Oh, and we're not too fond of those little plastic lids that never stay on the take-out coffee properly, either. But other than that, nothing. Or at least nothing we can think of right now.

The presence of an image of an unpleasant object in no way constitutes a statement of the Noose's opinion on any issue. We are committed to bringing all local matters of scant import to the attention of our loyal readers, whether the subject is shocking or not. Of course, since shocking pictures draw more readers, it is our duty to include them whenever possible. The people of Alameda have spoken, and since we already knew what they were going to say, we are well prepared to satisfy their desire for shocking, disturbing, controversial images. For your enjoyment, we've put together an encore presentation of a number of shocking images carefully gleaned from our microfiche archives of past editions of the Alameda Daily Noose. They are sure to upset and titillate our readers and critics alike. The controversy stirred up by these images is sure to shoot our circulation through the roof! Without a further do, here are the images:


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Some Crazy Lady Favors Dickensian Working Conditions for Alameda Daily Noose and Me

Dear Rog:

I am writing to tell you that I am offended by the title of your newspaper site, Alameda Daily Noose.

Is it the word Alameda? Of course not! (Though if I were you I would double-check to see if the word is exclusively used in the publishing world to refer to our fair city and not used to refer to other cities, which might confuse people.)

Is it because of the word "noose", which may, to ranchers, invoke images of a rope device used to capture innocent farm animals? (And was once used generations ago, to administer capital punishment - thank goodness our society is past all that and that only the most backwards countries in the world still subscribe to this philosophy. But I digress!)

Oh no, something much worse that offends my sensitive nose - it is the word "Daily" in your newspaper's name!

For shame, Rog. You and I both know that although your skin glistens like the sun, and you radiate benevolent energy upon all of us here in Alameda, that you do not publish your newspaper DAILY. Far from it. Sometimes you go for days without a new edition, and sometimes you even publish more than once in one day.

You have no idea how much this offends me as a person who has a calendar on her desk, and a clock on her wall. Have you no shame?

And while I'm at it, I'd like to insinuate something. Did you notice my rich visual metaphors? Yes, I have found you out -- that you are not actually the publisher of the ADN, but are actually a FRONT for other subversive types here in Alameda. Just do a google search for "" and right under your links to yourself, guess what website comes up - Yes, the Alameda SUN! As somebody who has worked in the tech industry since 1997 - that's 70 dog-years - I know what I'm talking about when it comes to web-based evidence and the game is up! You, Rog, are not who you say you are. You are the Sun. And, come to think of it, I am the Moon. You are the words - I am the tune. Play me!

But I digress again! I have a new, modern, exciting suggestion for your newspaper name: The Alameda Every-Few-Days Taser. I challenge you to change your name!

Luna C. Chillwether

Editor's Comments: Mrs. Chillwether is obviously a raving loony. By suggesting that everyone take the word "daily" literally, she is trying to turn back the clock to the dark days of Dickensian Alameda, when men and their trusty noosepapers toiled in dank and dripping newsrooms, the paper cuts scarring their fingers in ever more intricate webs, as if the news were etching itself into their beings—when they rose before noon and fell wearily into bed around dusk, without so much as a break for elevenses before a meager lunch at Ole's Gruel and Hardtack Hovel. How quickly she has forgotten how the Alameda Daily Noose and I banded together to form a union, and how we struggled to wring concessions from our tyrannical exploiters, the Alameda Daily Noose and me. We shed our blood and tears to win those weekends off, not to mention additional medical leave for our prune-based health care plan, and now Mrs. Chillwether would have us give all that up just because of something she found in a so-called dictionary? Shame!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Growing, Growing, Gone! Tree Allies Conspire to Destroy View of Twin Towers

Growing... And gowing... Gone!
Hi, Rog,

It's a disgrace! Why wasn't I notified of the City’s plans to allow a certain store to install radical new landscaping improvements that are already blocking views? They're trying to ram these misshapen shrubs down our throats! You can see from the photos I took that the view of the Twin Towers church is partly blocked now, and is COMPLETELY OBSCURED when you are lying on the sidewalk. As that huge, ugly plant continues to grow, IT WILL BLOT OUT THE SUN! Is that what we want? All of our views should be preserved, and anyway I don't hold with people willy-nilly planting flowers and shrubs, and certainly not trees! And let me tell you, trees are exactly what this kind of sloppy planning will lead to if we are not careful!

Yours in a tizzy,
Mabelle Spayce-Teleskop

Friday, September 21, 2007

Outraged Alamedan Donald Kirkland Asks, Could Blythe Ergot Stand Up to a Whomping Willow?


With all of the discussion about trees this week, I am OUTRAGED that no-one has pointed out one important thing that completely discredits Blythe Ergot as a reliable source of information on the subject. Surely, someone besides me has noticed that an anagram of "I'm Blythe Ergot" is "Lo, big tree myth!"

A big myth is exactly what people like her are promulgating. Trees are not the innocent beings that she would have us think. Right-thinking Alamedans are well aware of the connection between overcrowding of trees and dangerous levels of Squirrel traffic, but many people may not be aware of the deep connection between trees and Tartan density. The truth is, the letters in "I'm Blythe Ergot" also spell, "Lob mighty tree," which is a clear reference to Highland games, and thus, inescapably, to Bagpipes.

Furthermore, Ms. Ergot's long, wavy hair makes her look just like that girl Hermione Granger from the popular series of movies about the boy wizard who looks just like that Manhattanite who is president of Alameda's Transportation Committee. And oh my, what skinny legs she has under her. So, what is she going to do if a tree threatens to fall on her -- cast a spell on it? Ha! I'll bet she wouldn't last two minutes against a Whomping Willow, and there will be plenty of those at large in Alameda if we follow her tree-increasing plan.

Donald Kirkland

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Alameda Daily Noose and I Once Again Scoop Tardy "Alameda" Daily Publication

We begin today's installment with yet another scoop. Today, Thursday, September 20, 2007 A.D., the Alameda Daily Publication, one of Alameda's Boring, Lame On-Line Gossip Shops, or B.L.O.G.S., finally got around to reporting the story on the City's shameful cover-up of its earlier John...Knox...Whitewashing job on the big vertical sign on the Alameda Theatre, a full three days after the Alameda Daily Noose (which is a soon-to-be-award-winning daily noosepaper, not one of those B.L.O.G.S.) and I published our Pulitzer-eligible exposé on the very same subject. It must be a slow news week indeed at the "Alameda" Daily Publication when all it can dig up in the way of Alameda daily news are a few grumpy letters to the editor, a warmed-over press release, and a copycat story three days past its "sell-by" date. Normally, the Alameda Daily Noose and I would cluck our tongues in admonition, but despicable B.L.O.G.S. like the A.D.P. are not even worthy of our tut-tut-tutting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dave Williamson Responds to Blythe Ergot - If That Is Her Real Name


I just finished watching a documentary film that refutes all of the so-called arguments recently made by Blythe Ergot - if that is her real name - who obviously does not live in Alameda, because she clearly does not understand how unique Alameda is. This groundbreaking film, appropriately entitled "From Hell It Came," shows exactly where Alameda will be headed if tree-huggers like Blythe Ergot have their way: that's right, H-E-double-hockey-stick.

As this documentary clearly illustrates, the extreme dangers of trees to idyllic island communities have been well known since the late 1950's, yet our Mayor and Council Majority remain blind to the arboreal threat. Although anthropomorphic tree stumps may have a certain noble air about them, "From Hell It Came" teaches us that we trust them at our peril. Wherever trees roam unchecked, The Children are at risk, to say nothing of our buxom young maidens with the alluring flowers in their hair.

Dave Williamson

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Squirrel-Hugging Tree Nut Wants to Increase Air Density in Alameda


I don’t know why some people in Alameda are so worried about acorns and their resulting trees. The truth is that the trees in our town are the sole natural source of oxygen for everyone who lives here. I often feel as though I am not getting enough oxygen in the air I breathe, and I’m sure we could all benefit from an increase in oxygen density.

One acre of trees produces about enough oxygen for fourteen people, so we should really have 6,000 acres of our town devoted to trees to help everyone in our current population breathe freely. I think that’s about half of our land, so of course some people will probably have to live in the trees once we get them planted in cleared-out spaces that were once cluttered with houses and other buildings. I have already been practicing living in a tree, partly in solidarity with the Berkeley tree sitters, and it’s so easy!

During my practice tree-living periods, I have never once been troubled by a squirrel, so I can only conclude that they are all sweet, harmless creatures that we should be able to live in perfect harmony with, sharing acorns and laughing over the events of our days. I want to assure all of your readers that there really would be no disadvantage to putting many, many more trees into the life-giving soil of our island. Please, give trees a chance.


Blythe Ergot

Monday, September 17, 2007

5:17 a.m.: Oooops! City Rushes to Cover Up John Knox White Scandal

This Friday, in a shocking de facto admission of wrongdoing, the City of Alameda effectively issued a retraction of its John...Knox...Whitewashing of the so-called restoration of the Alameda Theatre in conjunction with the construction of the Super-Mega-Monster-Plex that Everyone Hates. No doubt in reaction to the hard-hitting investigative report published on September 11, 2007, by the Alameda Daily Noose and me, the City began a hasty cover-up of the John...Knox...White paint on the Alameda Theatre's big vertical sign with a guilt-ridden shade of green. Tch, tch, tch - pretty bad when the "City" can't even pick the correct hue in its "clarification" of the Theatre's color scheme! All right-thinking Alamedans know that the only acceptable pigmentation for any part of the historic Alameda Theatre is that noblest of all colors, yellow - or, perhaps, black. Shame!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Pathetic Piper Proponent Pens Plaid-Washing Propaganda Piece


Is there really so little news in Alameda that you have to fill space by criticizing the lack of bagpipe news in a print newspaper? As the old Avery family saying goes, "Let he who is without spin toss the first caber." I've realised that your stories tend to be slanted in an anti-bagpipe direction, whereas the Fly-Swatter's bagpipe stories are informative without resorting to a great deal of personal attacks or speculation. That last one (and I believe it was actually 13 days ago, and not 12 or 14 as your story and headline conflictingly reported it) was a fine reminder of the bagpipe's role in a satisfying summer festival.

The build-up of bagpipes in Alameda is really not as great a problem as some people seem to believe. Of course, I'll be the first to admit that I don't enjoy a drive-by piping at 3 a.m., nor having to wait at a streetcorner until a procession of pipe bands clears the intersection, so that I can cross, but there are also many advantages to living in a town that supports diverse multicultural musical activity.

Roy Avery

Editor's Comments: Maybe this addle-headed peatback, who can't even get his facts straight, hasn't been in Alameda long enough to realize that around here, we spell "realise (sic)" with a "z," not an "s," and certainly not a "zed." Why, the Alameda Daily Noose and I have half a mind to give our arch-nemesis Roy Avery a tch-tch-tching he won't soon forget, a tut-tut-tutting the likes of which he has never seen, a tsk-tsk-tsking so fierce that it that will wipe that smirk right off his freckled face! Fortunately for this Bagpipe-hugger, the other half of the Alameda Daily Noose's and my mind is so looking forward to our morning bowl of Raisin Bran and glass of prune juice that it has forgotten what all of the fuss was about. You may have won this one, Avery, but mark our words, we'll get you next time!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

5:27 a.m.: Plaid Flag Warning Update: No Bagpipe News Stories for Last 12 Days in "Alameda" Fly-Swatter

On Friday, August 31, 2007, the Alameda Fly-Swatter published one news story about Bagpipes. During the subsequent 14 days, the Fly-Swatter has published no news stories about Bagpipes. Any Alameda daily news publication that downplays the Bagpipe threat and fails to lavish sufficient praise on Alameda's Tartan-limiting "Measure Angus" has not earned the right to use the word "Alameda" in its name. Tch, tch, tch!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Stay Up-To-Date With the Alameda Daily Noose!

The Alameda Daily Noose and I are proud to announce a new way for Alamedans to contact us with hot tips on noose, scoops, investigative reports, and occasions calling for the presence of the town's premier journalist. Anyone who's been in this town for eighteen years or more already knows how to reach us, but for those right-thinking Alamedans who, through no fault of their own, happen to be newcomers to our Treasured Island, we have a high-tech way (technically referred to as "golly-gee-whiz mail," or "gee-mail" for short) for you to convey your compliments and suggestions to us. Here is our "gee-mail" address:

Just grab your trusty fountain pen, write your letter, scan it into your computer (be sure to dry the ink thoroughly with your writing sand before placing the letter in the scanner), attach it to a "gee-mail" (I think you use a wax seal for that) and send it to the Alameda Daily Noose and me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Once Again, White Ruins Alameda

Recent, disturbing evidence confirms the Alameda Daily Noose's reports that subversive elements are ruining, rather than renovating, the historic Alameda Theatre. As if it wasn't bad enough watching the 600-story parking garage and Super-Mega-Monster-Plex That Everyone Hates grow out of the side of the old theater, now the lettering on the big vertical sign above the entrance is almost completely obscured. The "Alameda" sign has been uniformly painted a color that cannot be described as "Off-White," nor "Ivory," nor even "Clean Newsprint," but instead is unmistakably "John...Knox...White!"

The White influence, usually spread through propaganda pieces, is an even more powerful threat to our community than the influence of Perata, which was evident in the left-leaning pillars of the parking garage that we reported earlier. How many citizens have already forgotten that there ever was an Alameda Theatre, now that the letters of the sign blend into their background?

Everyone knows what a tragedy it is that those few people who patronize the Super-Mega-Monster-Plex That Everyone Hates will see little of the old theater as they are swept through the dimly-lit lobby with the throngs rushing for seats in front one of the countless new screens. The City is essentially John...Knox...Whitewashing this ugly truth. That is why the Alameda Daily Noose and I are here, spilling editorial ink all over the blatantly secretive injustice of the ruined sign.

Monday, September 10, 2007

5:34 a.m.: Plaid Flag Warning Update: No Bagpipe News Stories for Last 9 Days in "Alameda" Fly-Swatter

On Friday, August 31, 2007, the Alameda Fly-Swatter published one news story about Bagpipes. During the subsequent 9 days, the Fly-Swatter has published no news stories about Bagpipes. How long will the Fly-Swatter drone on about unimportant issues while the drama of the growing Bagpipe threat plays out all around us? Any so-called newspaper that does not understand that Tartan-limiting "Measure Angus" is the only thing that makes our town worth living in has no right to put the word "Alameda" on its masthead. Shame!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Shame! Alameda Puppy Trainer's Libelous Characterization of Alameda Daily Noose and Me

Editor's Comments:

The Alameda Daily Noose and I were just putting down another layer of this Thursday's Alameda Puppy Trainer for Scoop, our faithful canine companion, when we noticed an outrageous front-page screed entitled, "When Print Is Not Enough." It was clear from the article that the Alameda Puppy Trainer does not have the slightest understanding of the two greatest threats facing Alameda today, Squirrels and Bagpipes.

As if to trumpet his ignorance, the so-called reporter at the Puppy Trainer had the audacity to lump the Alameda Daily Noose in with a bunch of "B.L.O.G.S.," an abbreviation commonly used on the internets to stand for "Boring, Lame Online Gossip Shops." The Alameda Daily Noose is a soon-to-be-award-winning daily noosepaper, not one of those despicable B.L.O.G.S. Shame!

Given the enormous damage that this libelous article will undoubtedly cause to our reputation and our sacred honor, the Alameda Daily Noose and I have no recourse but to seek justice within the hallowed halls of the only institution august enough to hear such a momentous case: small claims court. We'll see you there, Alameda Puppy Trainer, as soon as we scrape together the $30 filing fee. We have set up a donation jar outside of Alameda Daily Noose World Headquarters for all of our loyal readers who wish to support this noble cause.

Roger Grumbel

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Marlene Verloren Supports a Fine, Secret Alameda Tradition

Dear Roger,

I know it's not really what her letter was about, but I'm so glad that Janice Lighter-Merv explained about the Alameda Secret Police. Now that I think about it, I'm sure I saw them back when I was working as a singing cocktail waitress at the Blue Angels bar, back when the Naval Air Station was going strong. Ah, how I miss those days! The fellas in the snappy uniforms -- and they weren't uniforms that I recognized from seeing all of those Navy boys -- I'm just sure they were those dashing Alameda Secret Policemen she wrote about. They were tough and they didn't tolerate any nonsense, no Siree, but they were always so polite to me and the other girls, and such good tippers! I think it's important to preserve that part of Alameda's culture and history, and especially the uniforms. Why don't more men wear uniforms these days?

Marlene Verloren

Editor's Comments: Speaking of uniforms, the Alameda Daily Noose and I just can't get over how fantastic Miss Verloren looks in that photo. We wonder if she would be willing to donate that outfit to the Alameda Cultural Heritage Education Society in order to arouse the historical curiosity of the next generation of right-thinking Alamedans. We would be happy to make all the arrangements if she would just stop by Alameda Daily Noose World Headquarters some evening and drop it off.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Janice Lighter-Merv Knows How to Handle "Measure Acorn" Sub-Committee


I am SHOCKED at recent reports that the city council is forming a sub-committee for the sole purpose of overturning Alameda's Squirrel-limiting "Measure Acorn." Sure, they SAY they are only looking at removing moldy old language from the city charter, like the provision for the "Secret Police Fund," established by an enthusiastic and very snappily dressed group of German immigrants in 1937. Well, first of all, I'm not entirely sure we should get rid of the Secret Police. Nobody knows what they're doing, but whatever it is, it must be working, because people can walk their dogs at night without fear of Zeppelin attacks. We should probably keep them around, just to be on the safe side.

Wait, where was I? Oh, right, the "Measure Acorn" sub-committee! As the president of the Alameda Cultural Heritage Education Society, I can assure you that if Chuck Corica was still mayor, he wouldn't have put up with these Shenanigans - and I will use that word, Shenanigans. All right-thinking Alamedans know about the exact replica of Mayor Corica's barber shop enshrined in the most popular A.C.H.E.S. exhibit, but not many know what is on display in the small brick-walled courtyard out behind City Hall:

Although Chuck Corica never actually used these during his administration, everybody knows that if anybody had even THOUGHT about forming something like this "Measure Acorn" sub-committee, they would have been strung up faster than you could say "shave and a haircut"! The very fact that he was ready and willing to do it meant he never had to. Unfortunately, today the Chuck Corica Memorial Gallows are just another moth-eaten A.C.H.E.S. exhibit, and the only Noose that evildoers today have to fear is of the Alameda Daily variety.

Janice Lighter-Merv

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

5:51 a.m.: Plaid Flag Warning: No Bagpipe News Stories for Last 3 Days in Alameda Fly-Swatter

Editor's Comments:

On Friday, August 31, 2007, the Alameda Fly-Swatter published one news story about Bagpipes. During the subsequent 3 days, the Fly-Swatter has published no news stories about Bagpipes. Subscribers and daily purchasers of the Alameda Fly-Swatter are not getting their money's worth and are being bamboozled into purchasing the paper by its title of Alameda Fly-Swatter, mistakenly believing that they will be able to read news stories about Bagpipes and other menaces kept in check Alameda's all-important Tartan-limiting "Measure Angus." Shame on the Alameda Fly-Swatter for shirking its responsibility to report news stories about the ominously inflated threat that Bagpipes pose to our Treasured Island. The misleading title Alameda Fly-Swatter should be changed to what it actually is - the Oakland Cage Liner - or, if there were any truth in advertising, the Not-from-Alameda Peace-and-Quiet-Destroying Bagpipe-Hugger!

Roger Grumbel

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Special: Encore Presentation of the Alameda Daily Noose

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Alameda Daily Noose and I always get nostalgic on holidays, and Labor Day is no exception. This is a time to for Alamedans everywhere to express their gratitude for those who toil long hours under the most difficult working conditions imaginable to bring you the comforts of modern life: things we all take for granted, like an uninterrupted flow of press releases and grumpy letters to the editor. Today, as we reflect on the Herculean deeds of heroic men and their trusty noosepapers, we're sure that our loyal readers also long for a trip down memory lane. Travel with us now back to the spring of 2007, a time when a young Dave Williamson taught us how to laugh at the mistakes of others, a time when Former City Council Candidate sounded the wake-up call to a community in danger of going soft on Squirrels, a time when those darned teeny-boppers danced too suggestively to the strains of Justin Timberlake's number-six hit, "What Goes Around…Comes Around." Then, on Monday, May 14, 2007, like a smack upside the head in the middle of a cold shower, came a letter from right-thinking Alamedan Morton A. Whitling, a letter so astonishingly good that it changed a sleepy island town forever. Now, through the magic of "copy and paste," let us re-live this historic event together:

Dear Editor,

Thank you so much for the Alameda Daily Noose. It is a beautiful thing. And your television show is just spectacular. I watch every episode over and over again until I have memorized everything you say. Really - if you run into me at the grocery store some time, just quiz me and I am sure that I can quote you back to you, verbatim, from any show since the June 19, 2002 episode. Then again, I might be a bit too "star-struck" to be coherent around you; thank goodness for the Internet where we can carefully compose our letters to the editor and take out all the speling mistakes!

Anyways, my wife Claire is expecting, I am wondering if you and your wife would be godparents to our child (it's a girl!!!) It would be an amazing honor to have a celebrity as "part of the family." We love you all so much and we want our daughter to grow up with you as part of her life.

Your website is just so AMAZING. I love the color yellow; it's so under-used in journalism for some reason. And I just can't get over how impartial you are. And I appreciate you printing only the news that none of the other newspapers will print. It shows that you care about Alameda, and you aren't in the pocket of those fat-cat developers who want nothing more than to turn Alameda into a dirty, crowded city like Oakland.

I just love Alameda. I love getting in my car, rolling down the windows, and smelling the beautiful air generated by our beautiful trees along the street. Sometimes I even take myself for a spin down to the beach, and look at the beautiful high-rises in San Francisco and be thankful that they are far, far away. I love to drive by the Victorians and wave at them, and drive by the apartments and give them dirty looks (and even say "boooooo" when I've had a few too many, but don't tell that to the Mrs.!) This is what makes Measure A great. Alameda. It's what it's all about, and you are there, watching over it for us.

And thank you for standing up to defend Measure A. It's a tireless job, but as a journalist with integrity, you push aside the naysayers and you don't let them have their piece. It's what democracy is all about, and it makes me proud to be an Alamedan-American.


Morton A. Whitling