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Letters to the Editor

Is Shoup House renovation newsworthy?

As a University Avenue resident, I want to publicly welcome the new owners of the historic Shoup House to our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing how the Copeland family has chosen to update the home’s interior to reflect their family’s needs and personality.

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in the center of Redwood Grove Nature Preserve along Adobe Creek, the one-story, stucco-clad Spanish Eclectic-style house – constructed in 1923 for Theodore Vail and Emma Wright Halsey, an early Los Altos-area family – has a U-shaped plan, oak floors, hipped roofs with Spanish clay tile and sets of French doors opening onto the interior courtyard as well as the front concrete patio.

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Ending the debate: No Shoes, Please

In a general sense, everything is up for debate with me: What do I cook for dinner? Did I do the right thing? What color paint for the bedroom? Do I really want to go? Has the team improved? What difference does it make? Should I give him a call? Is it worth that much money? What is the truth?

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A genocide forgotten – and repeated: Editor's Notebook

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The prophetic 1905 quote from philosopher and author George Santayana has been revisited after every human tragedy that has occurred since.

The problem is, we have short memories. Slaughters of innocent people continue to occur.

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Homeowner flouts water restrictions

I was out for an afternoon walk last week and saw a home’s lawn sprinklers going full blast. The homeowners probably heard about the 25 percent cut in consumption, but assumed they were part of the 75 percent not required to reduce.

That reminded me, though, that as of April 1, California snowpack was 5 percent of normal. Wouldn’t that mean the entire state should be cutting back by 95 percent?

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Letters to the Editor

Review and amend water conservation program

As a cyclist who participated in the recent Lawn Be Gone Bike Tour, let me offer an alternative perspective.

In 2013, when it became apparent that we were heading for a drought, I decided to replace the small lawn in my backyard with synthetic grass and shut off my sprinkler system.

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Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not. We quoted the business owner, who incorrectly alleged that his building had been sold to a new owner and that he was being forced out.

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