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School lunch: Opportunity to improve health, academics: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s article “Evolving with regulations, Los Altos’ school lunch programs retain local ties” (Aug. 13) presents a bleak view of the Los Altos School District’s efforts to meet school lunch guidelines.

The parents interviewed perpetuate the false dichotomy that healthful food must necessarily taste bad. A more positive perspective is that food can be both nutritious and delicious, and that habits learned early in life can help children grow into healthy adults without sacrificing their taste buds.

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It's all good: Other Voices

I recently witnessed an interaction between law enforcement and two youths, one that is light-years away from what the media has chosen to focus on. One that highlights goodness on both sides. One that happens time and again. One that is underreported. The two youths and the police officer involved in this situation are to be commended.

I pulled up to a bank to make an ATM deposit Aug. 23 in downtown Los Altos. Two boys were skateboarding in the parking lot. They paused to let my car pass, then resumed their tricks with laughter and enthusiasm. I looked at my watch with dismay. It was 10:45 p.m. As I stepped out of my car, I saw a police car slowly drive by. So did the two youths, who both appeared to be junior-high age. Police car, coincidental? I wasn’t sure, but I was glad “the car” seemed to notice the kids. Bingo. The officer’s car stopped behind the parking lot and I heard the boys say, “Uh-oh,” as I stepped out of my own car to approach the ATM.

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You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

For the past four years, I’ve returned to Los Altos for the summer. As a college student on the East Coast, I relished my annual escape from the heavy, humid weather of New England and looked forward to returning to my hometown. Yet these homecomings have never quite been a return to the normal, and they have certainly never been a return to the past.

In some ways, this is due to the fact that I myself am changing. Distance always provides perspective, and my time away from home has certainly done that. In other ways, it’s due to the fact that Los Altos itself has changed. The revitalization of the downtown area that has occurred since I left in 2010 has been noticeable, and it’s exciting to see a bit of the change that in my childhood was only the subject of parental sideline conversations at Hillview soccer games.

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Preserve Los Altos parks: Other Voices

Los Altos parks are gems, offering our kids an active alternative to computers and video games and our seniors an oasis of tranquility and beauty.

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place to live and there is much to offer, but we are feeling like we need a little more breathing room.

I will miss the shops in town where the owners are hardworking people who truly care about their customers, regardless of the contents of their wallets – shops like Present on Main Street and Cranberry Scoop on State Street. I will miss the family-run restaurants where the owners are there to show appreciation to their patrons, many of whom they know by name. And I don’t know who I will trust to work on my car like I trust Jeff and Eric at Reitmeir’s on First Street.

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Urbanization of downtown Los Altos could be good

I was on a cycling tour of England with 25 Boy Scouts. We entered a charming town in the Cotswolds and parked our bikes in the small town center. I commented, “This sure is a nice little town.” A nearby lady responded, “And it used to be quiet.”

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Refuting claims about Islam: Other Voices

I must speak up to correct the inaccurate “historical records” used to excuse and defend the radical form of Islam in the June 18 “Other Voices” column by Sami A. Ibrahim (“History contradicts claims made against Islam”).

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