Wed07292015

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contacting Project Coyote, as representatives will not tell you the facts as they really are. They will put you in further danger, claiming that you can live in harmony with coyotes.

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Public art: The 1 percent that matters most: Other Voices

The Los Altos City Council is considering a proposal that would require commercial projects costing more than $1 million to contribute 1 percent of their project cost to a public art fund.

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Eat, drink and be merry

I come from a long line of teetotalers: No one in my entire extended family drinks. I’m not bragging, I’m just stating what’s true. As a result, I don’t personally associate alcohol with parties or socializing. Any occasion my family celebrates is completely liquor-free, including champagne toasts at weddings, during which people hold their glasses up and then promptly put them down without even grazing their lips.

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Letters to the Editor

GreenTown weighs in on artificial-turf debate

We applaud Jim Denz’s efforts to reduce his water use, but his response to the Town Crier’s article about artificial turf is contradicted by facts (“Horticulturist refutes artificial-turf assertions,” July 15).

Denz states that using tire crumbs is outdated. Not true. Tire crumbs are the most common material used in artificial turf. The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 13 that the state of California subsidized 29 local government installations of recycled crumb rubber fields and playgrounds this year, at a cost of $2.2 million.

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Arts & Wine redux

“Are you going to the Arts & Wine Festival?” a friend asked.

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Letters to the Editor

Ad-plane flyover marred festival

I hope that other residents who share my concern that the Geico plane flying low over the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival and our homes for hours on end marred the “fun for everyone” that the Town Crier’s cover article predicted will write to Geico to share their opinions.

I also hope that we as a city and a community can nip this noisy intrusion in the bud somehow. In my memory of 32 years living close to downtown in this peaceful community, this is the first time that this totally unnecessary festival-related noise pollution has occurred.

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Like me: Haugh About That?

Growing up surrounded by highly explosive XY chromosomes, the expectation was clear from an early age: learn sports, play sports, love sports – or die. I chose to live.

As a child, if I wanted a playmate, I had to become one with stinky socks, sweat and male activities. Not only did I live with three brothers, but the entire neighborhood was dominated by the male beast.

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